HTA’s Landscape team unveil plans for Crystal Palace Park

20 Mar 2024

@lbbromley’s £17.50 million regeneration project, which is delivered in partnership with the @crystalpalaceparktrust, will see many of the historic Victorian park’s original features restored. This will form part of the wider plan to reinstate the Grade-II* listed park, originally designed by Sir Joseph Paxton in the 1850’s. As a globally significant destination, the plan will deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits to local people and the wider community.

Key to this phase is the restoration of the Geological Court, containing the ‘Crystal Palace Dinosaurs,’ a collection of 30 prehistoric Grade-I listed sculptures and 14 Geological Illustrations, supported in part by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Better accessibility and new facilities are at the heart of the proposals to ensure all visitors can use and enjoy the park. Included in the first phase plans are a new information centre, a Dinosaur themed play area, feature entrance at Penge Gate and new maintenance building.

The first phase will also see the Italian Terraces, which fell into disrepair after the Crystal Palace was destroyed by the 1936 fire, restored and upgraded. The works to the Italian Terraces will bring back some of the original horticultural wonder through biodiverse meadows and species rich grassland planting, while supporting the seasonal events programme for the park.

Natalia Roussou, Landscape Design Director at HTA Design said: “This is a significant milestone for the Crystal Palace Park Regeneration, not only for restoring its original features, but also creating a park for the future that is climate resilient, biodiverse, inclusive and can cater for a wide range of events and activities.”