Crystal Palace Park Masterplan -a vision for a Regional Sports Centre

The Approved 2007 Crystal Palace Park Masterplan 

The approved Crystal Palace Park Masterplan  (link with illustrations)  has outline planning permission for an integrated “Regional Sports Centre” set within the Park.   Over 4 years of preapplication consultation this vision was shaped by one of the five core principles of the Masterplan for a  “sports and events park“.

The new multi-sport regional sports centre (RSC) stadium (link with accommodation schedule) would be sensitively integrated into the landscape. It includes reprovision of the indoor athletics track. With the combination of the new RSC sports stadium (with the indoor and outdoor athletics tracks), and the Grade II* listed sports hall, it minimised the overall net loss of sports facilities.  

The formal sporting facilities proposed for the Park included strategic planning across the Park landscape for organised sporting events and space to undertake runs and cycle routes (for example, schools sports days and triathlons).

The new reconfigured stadium facilities would be located below ground taking advantage of the topography of the Park, with an accessible green roof, and with outside seating up to 3,000 spectators.  The RSC has expected use as a large sports centre,  indicative footprint 10,910-14,500 sqm.  The car parking total was for up to 383 cars, integrated with tree planting to minimise the impact on the surrounding parkland, and with over-flow parking during  major events. It was envisaged that the largest likely events at the Park would be held within the stadium area (for up to 30,000).

Bromley Council Regeneration Plan

Following the collapse of the “The Crystal Palace Project” to build a modern version of the original The Crystal Palace to the same outline size and scale,  the London Borough of Bromley (LBB) is actively delivering a sustainable Regeneration Plan for Crystal Palace Park here (for reports and latest events form Bromley ).  The Regeneration Plan is not a new plan, but an updated version of the 2007 Masterplan.  The Regeneration Plan criteria:

  • Work within the likely Capital Budget available.
  • Deliver the vision and regeneration aims.
  • Meet the regeneration priorities.
  • Respond to community engagement.
  • Respond to business plan findings including opportunities for income generation.
  • Work where possible within the established Masterplan planning principles.

Uncertainty remains within the NSC area (owned by the Mayor of London on long term lease with GLA), and the illustrated CPP – Nov 2017 Exhibition Plans  (below)  shows the removal of the podium and elevated walkways and the removal of the indoor track from the National Sports Centre (“subject to agreement with the Greater London Authority“).

See here for details of the plans in the  Crystal Palace Park Regeneration Plan – Exhibition Boards May 2017.pdf 

LBB are making various changes to 2007 Masterplan.   Eg. The planned cricket pavilion facility has been removed.  This was expected to be a community facility with sports centre use, a  multi-purpose clubroom (with changing facilities), which could also be used for meetings, gatherings and other events.  Cricket was one of the first sports to be introduced (as early as 1857) into Crystal Palace Park, and it was considered appropriate to reinforce the heritage of this part of the Park.