3rd Edition March 2007
2nd Public workshop on the
future of Crystal Palace Park
DATE : Saturday 17th March 2007
TIME: 10:00am – 3:00pm, lunch provided
VENUE: Sydenham High School, 19 Westwood Hill, Sydenham, SE26 6BL
Welcome to the latest edition of ParkNews,
the Crystal Palace Park Newsletter. This is
a double edition, with 8 pages of news
about the Park.
The masterplanning process, which is setting out future
ideas for the park, is reaching a crucial stage with key
proposals beginning to emerge. Latz + Partners, the
ECOLOGY PUBLIC WORKSHOP
landscape architects designing the plans, are actively Crystal Palace Park contains habitats of considerable value More than 100 people attended the first
seeking the views of the local community. for wildlife. These include areas of woodland and scrub, public workshop held by the
the lakes and a number of very old oak trees. The wildlife masterplanning team. The majority of
They will be holding the second Public Workshop on associated with these areas includes four species of bats, participants had never been to a public
over forty species of breeding birds and a variety of meeting on Crystal Palace Park before.
the masterplan on Saturday 17th March, at 10.00 at
invertebrates including the stag beetle, the UK’s largest
Sydenham High School. This follows the successful beetle. After a talk by Tilman Latz, the lead masterplanner,
workshop held in January, which over 100 people about the evolving design ideas for the park,
attended and discussed the proposals. There is an participants divided into three groups. The first group
increasing consensus in favour of the majority of examined how best to bring the old Palace site back
proposals for the park and now the consultation is into public use. The second group looked at the area
between the terraces and the National Sports Centre.
moving on to discuss the remaining issues such as the
The final group looked at the entrance sites and
Transport for London tramlink proposals and residential proposals for the edge of the park. A full report and
options. executive summary, of the public workshop is
available to download online at www.crystalpala-
We have also launched our new look website, which cepark.org.
you can find at www.crystalpalacepark.org. The site
The next public workshop will be held on 17th
provides background on the history and key features
March, at Sydenham High School and will look at
of the park, information on the masterplanning process a number of issues for the park’s future such as:
and also details of official events taking place in the
Park over the following weeks. Check it out and tell us Ecology Consultancy Ltd. is providing ecological expertise to the project • Funding & phasing
what you think of it. Just like Crystal Palace Park itself including habitat and protected species surveys. The results of this will • Security & lighting
the website will grow and evolve and we really want inform the design process and will be contributing to the Environmental • Ecology & wildlife
Impact Assessment of the scheme and will produce an Ecological
your ideas about how best to keep improving it.
Management Plan for the park to ensure that wildlife habitats are managed
correctly. The following principles will help to ensure that the project
After the success of the last workshop in January which generally improves the park for wildlife.
look at specific areas in the park this second event will
focus on wider issues such as funding and security.
Childcare facilities will be available. There will also be
• Overall ecological value of the Park to be enhanced. EASTER EVENTS This magazine is also
available in text form.
• Guard against any loss of ecologically valuable habitat by This Easter holiday, the LDA will be hosting a series of
free transport from the workshop to the Capel Manor activities in the Park. Translation services are available upon
creating at least an equivalent amount of habitats elsewhere.
exhibition at the old farm site. We hope to see you request in the following languages:
there. • No loss of veteran trees, especially oaks. A community marquee will be set up over the holidays, with a display
stand explaining the Crystal Palace’s history and showing some of the • Polski
• Recognise certain areas as being managed principally for emerging design ideas for the Park’s future. There will also be a number
DATE : Saturday 17th March 2007 • Somali
ecological value. of workshop sessions where local residents can directly input into the
TIME: 10:00am – 3:00pm, lunch provided masterplanning process. • Türkçe
VENUE: Sydenham High School, 19 Westwood
The restoration of Park will involve integrating existing habitat with the • 88888
Hill, Sydenham, SE26 6BL improvements of the landscape, access and facilities. It also provides A number of other events and activities, such as Easter Egg painting, a
opportunities to create habitats that are appropriate to the area but poorly park tour and adventures with dinosaurs will also take place over the
Please contact us on 020 7357 6894.
represented in the park. There will be a range of smaller water bodies holidays. Look out for further publicity on the timings for the holiday
designed for amphibians, aquatic plants and invertebrates. New grassland events, including our new look website at www.crystalpalacepark.org!
areas will include areas of dry, flower-rich grassland and possible new
buildings will include specialist features for species such as bats and swifts.
The old Crystal Palace put Sydenham Hill
on the map, literally giving its name to
the local area. However, since it burnt
down in 1936 the site has slowly fallen
into disrepair; partially closed off and
overgrown, it has lost the grandeur of its
The best features of the site, as it
The Crystal Palace Park masterplanners, Latz + is today, will be preserved, with
Partner, plan to bring the old Palace site fully back good quality trees retained and
One option also being
into public use by creating a vibrant park promenade, a large ‘nature garden’ created.
considered is to allow public
linking the five local Boroughs of Bromley, Lewisham, BBC TOWER
access to the old abandoned
Southwark, Lambeth and Croydon.
subway on the hilltop by
relocating the museum to sit
over it. The subway is one of
the few remaining intact
historic structures in the park.
PAXTON WATER TOWER BASE
The centre of the Palace site will be a tree-lined
promenade, spanning the length of the site.
Semi- mature trees will create a 5 metre high
canopy overhead and provide a perfect,
sheltered vantage point for relaxing and viewing
the park and beyond. With no permanent
structures inside the boundaries of the old Palace,
the promenade could be lined by small
temporary structures such as kiosks and pavilions,
creating a continental style boulevard for South
London. The grid of newly planted trees echoes the
outline of the old Palace, recalling its scale
and grandeur. The old Palace outline could be
UPPER TERRACES marked out on the ground. Open air ‘rooms’,
marked out by the trees, branch off the
promenade, and are large enough to hold
events and activities.
Did you know? Situated within Crystal Palace
Park, the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is
home to one of only two 50 metre swimming
pools in London - operated by GLL (Greenwich
Leisure Limited) on behalf of the London
The momentum for the 2012 Olympics is building and it is
vitally important our swimming athletes have a chance to
compete in an environment that replicates actual competition. Plans are moving ahead to re-open the much-loved farm and
With the Olympics to be held in London it is the perfect time to petting zoo in the Park. Capel Manor, one of the leading
showcase the talents we have in this country, and GLL in asso- national centres of horticulture and animal husbandry is
ciation with Crystal Palace National Sports Centre wants the proposing to re-open the farm this year.
UK to bring home gold!
The proposals would see a range of animals return to the farm from guinea pigs
Aspiring Olympians are training hard for London 2012. Every to alpacas to shetland ponies. A new reptile house with snakes, small lizards
morning at 6.00am and then again at 5.00pm, hundreds of and amphibians would also be built. Entrance to the farm will be free of charge.
Club swimmers are put through their paces at Crystal Palace. The general public will be able to visit each afternoon four to five days a week,
The centre hosts swimming competitions and galas where with school parties visiting in the mornings.
swimmers come from all over England to participate. Crystal
Palace also hosts training camps from countries across the
world that come and sample the unique atmosphere at Crystal
POOL Capel Manor run several other similar facilities around London. Recently a
number of local Crystal Palace residents and community activists visited their
Palace National Sports Centre. Enfield centre to see first hand how they have integrated a visitor centre with a
The London Development Agency (LDA) is replacing
busy city farm.
the aging machinery, pumps and other equipment
But Crystal Palace is not only for aspiring Olympians – there’s
at the National Sports Centre (NSC) at Crystal
something for everyone in our wide programme of activities Under the current propsoals, the only new building will be a new greenhouse,
including award winning courses or simply casual swimming which would be located on the current site of the fire-damaged buildings. A
with kids in our family sessions. number of the existing structures on the farm site will be repaired and improved
The National Sports Centre opened in 1964 and the equipment
as part of the Capel Manor application.
is now nearing the end of its life. The LDA has decided to
The ‘London Swim School’ delivers a full range of swimming
replace this equipment after a study which looked at different
lessons from aqua tots for babies and beginner lessons, A decision on Capel Manor’s plans will be taken by Bromley Council in
ways to keep swimming in Crystal Palace – including the
through to improver lessons and adult classes. mid-April. If the decision is yes, the farm should be up and running again by the
possibility of building a temporary pool nearby. The LDA now
Autumn. Capel Manor will be running an afternoon exhibition
plans to replace the existing plant. The work will mean that the
Swimming is a fantastic exercise for all and is good for the and Q&A session at the old farm site in the Park from 2pm -
NSC will have to close for four to six months between
cardiovascular system without impacting too much on the joints. 5pm on March 17th.
October/November 2007 through to May 2008, re-opening in
Or if organised water based exercise classes interest you, then
time for the London Youth Games. The move will ensure that the
why not check out the water workouts and ante and post-natal
pool remains open in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
classes at the NSC.
Norman Edgell, Crystal Palace Swimming Coach said, “It is vital
Join as a member of Crystal Palace and enjoy unlimited access
to keep swimming in Crystal Palace in the run up to the Olympics The LDA has been given the go-ahead by Bromley Council to remove
to not only swimming but to state-of-the-art fitness centre, group
– sporting groups and representatives using the NSC have been the ugly concrete turnstiles and footbridge that currently link the
exercise classes, badminton, squash, football and discounts on
heavily involved in this decision and fully support this move” station to the NSC and station.
other leisure activities.
The pool is one of only two 50-metre Olympic sized pools in The structures, built in the 1970’s, have now become an eyesore. Work will begin this
If you would like to know more, contact one of our team on
London. The NSC has recently submitted a bid to become one month to demolish and replace them with a simple landscaped square, providing a
020 8778 0131. Alternatively, visit www.gll.org for more
of the pre-Olympic training camps for national sports squads friendlier entrance into the Park. The new entrance area will be further improved in the
competing in the Games. final masterplan proposals. The work should begin shortly after the end of the Easter
The LDA took ownership of the NSC in March 2006 as part of
London’s 2012 bid. The building was given Grade II* Listed The work is the first of a series of initial park improvements planned by the LDA
status in the late 1990’s and the LDA is now proposing to including the removal of much of the unnecessary fencing inside the park, and security
refurbish the building as part of its plans to regenerate the whole work to reduce crime.
of Crystal Palace Park.
DESIGN COMPETITION Date Event
Masterplanners Latz + Partner want to find out what young
people think and feel about Crystal Palace Park. They have 6 - 7 March South London Higher
launched a creative arts competition for under 19s. Entrants
are being asked to submit their impression of the best and worst Education Conference
features about the Park. Entries can take any form, from
drawings and collages, to pottery, paintings or photographs. 10 March London Region ASA - Diving
There will be four age brackets, with winners in each category Competition (NSC) Levels 3, 4, 5
receiving a special prize.
10 March London Towers v Solent Stars
• 14 - 19 • 9 - 13
• 5-8 • under 5s Basketball (NSC)
The competition will be open to anyone under 19. Local 14 March High 5 Project Netball Festival
schools and youth clubs are being asked to encourage young
people to enter. All entrants will have their designs displayed at Netball (NSC)
a public exhibition.
17 March Crystal Palace Park Public workshop
The deadline for entries is May 1st and they should be sent free
of charge to: (Sydenham High School)
CPP Consultation 20 - 22 March Public Schools Fencing
Local Dialogue LLP
FREEPOST NAT377 Championships
London SE1 2BR
21 March Playstation Cup
PRIZE DRAW WINNER School Football Heats
Sydenham resident, Marie Godsell, has won
an iPod in our prize draw. Her name was 24 March Schools Cross Country
pulled out from hundreds of reply slips to our Terraces & Park
Marie has lived in the Sydenham and Penge area since the 25 March ASA Level 2 Skills - Diving
age of six. She is married with two children, Erin (3 1/2) Competition (NSC)
and Keelin (18 months). A regular park user, Marie and
her children attend
the 1 o'Clock club in 28 March Lambeth Schools Capoeira
the Park each week. Festival
memories of the Park 31 March Bexley Schools Competition
are the pony rides – 1 April Open Meet Swimming (NSC)
and the small train
that used to run.
enjoys taking her
daughters to see the
dinosaurs and going
cycling in the park.