04.10.17

Garfield Weston Foundation support the East Wing Restoration Project

By James Atkinson

Director of Fundraising

Alexandra Park & Palace Charitable Trust is delighted to confirm receipt of a grant of £100,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation towards the East Wing Restoration Project. This support comes with restoration works fully underway, with both the Victorian Theatre and East Court set to re-open to the public in September 2018.

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded grant-making trust established in 1958. Since it began the Foundation has donated over £960 million to charities across the UK. In the last financial year, the Foundation donated over £60 million. From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.

Damage to the ceiling

Damage to the ceiling

Representatives from the Foundation visited the site earlier in the summer, and saw for themselves the extensive works being carried out to repair and restore the cherished historic fabric of the building.

The Alexandra Palace Theatre had lain empty for several decades, and significant water damage plus a lack of maintenance allowed the space to fall into disrepair and dereliction. The East Court had also fallen into disrepair.

The East Wing Restoration Project, led by major funders Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council, is bringing these spaces back to life. The site is now a hive of activity as our main contractors Willmott Dixon work to complete the project on time.

View of the theatre ceiling from the top of the scaffolding birdcage

View of the theatre ceiling from the top of the scaffolding birdcage

Alexandra Palace is building partnerships with world class organisations and inviting supporters to help realise the full potential of this project. From in-kind support, to naming rights and partnering with the learning and participation programme, there is a huge range of opportunities to get involved. Individuals can name a seat in theatre, and every donation over £25 will be credited on the donor board in the restored East Court – visit our Support page for more information.

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