Crystal Palace Park Masterplan

Client: London Development Agency
Contract value: £67 million
Completed: December 2008 Planning consent for Masterplan granted

In 2006 the masterplan team of Meadowcroft Griffin and Latz und Partner were appointed through competition to design a masterplan for the historic Grade 2 listed park. The site of the internationally renowned Crystal Palace, the park and its historic remnants are in a poor state. The LDA are now responsible for the National Sports Centre and athletics stadium as part of the Olympics and will take over the whole park in 2009.

The masterplan follows the mantra of the 2005 Planning Framework of ‘tarmac to turf’ focussing on the return of accessible open green space which has been eroded over the years by the encroachment of new development and swathes of carparks. Work includes all aspects of park improvements along with key gateways adn gateway buildings which knit the park to the surrounding communities. Proposals involve reinterpretation of the historic palace site with a ‘palace of trees’ and new public gardens, restoration and interpretation of historic structures, a new ‘transitional landscape’ to replace car parks in the centre and key buildings: new museum; Capel Manor Education and Resource Centre; energy creating wind towers; two new greenhouses (subtropical and temperate); perimeter residential development to fund park improvements; sports pavilion; dinosaur interpretation centre and cafe; information and retail kiosks.