Plans for modern Crystal Palace unveiled
by James Wood Fri 4 October 2013, 3:23 pm
A Chinese billionaire, Ni Zhaoxing, has announced proposals to build a £500 million revision of the Crystal Palace on its former site in Bromley.
A planning application is expected in a year’s time, with projections for the build said to look "almost identical" to the original structure that burned down in a fire in 1936.
The ZhongRong investment group says re-building the iconic London landmark as a cultural tourist attraction will create more than 2,000 jobs.
Mr Ni told the Bromley Times: “I want to make Crystal Palace a jewel in the crown for the UK and the world.
"It should be an artistic place, and it must be an art work of construction itself."
The proposals have the backing of London mayor Boris Johnson, though concerns have been raised in some quarters about building on green space and the impact a predicted extra two million visitors will have on the city’s transport network.
As well as restoring the original site, new facilities are also proposed, including restaurants, a visitors’ centre and concert arena.