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Have your say on the future of Crystal Palace

15th February 2018

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

The Crystal Palace Sports Centre (NSC) was built in the early 1960s to provide Londoners with outstanding sports facilities and to serve professional sport.

The Mayor wants to ensure that the centre has a long-term future, so is launching a review to look at design and development options.

Protecting its sporting heritage

The NSC is an iconic Grade II* listed building in Crystal Palace Park. It was the first multi-use sports hall to be designed in the UK and is a vital asset for communities in South London.

The centre’s impressive sporting heritage includes hosting high-profile events including FA Cup finals and motor races. The athletics stadium was the home of the London Grand Prix international athletics event for nearly 60 years.

Ensuring a sustainable future

The first phase of the review is looking at local and area-wide sports facilities. This will build a picture of the type of facilities that the NSC needs to support a thriving, local sporting community. Findings will help shape a strategy for the regeneration of the Sports Centre.

The second phase, starting in spring 2018, will look at design and development options for the entire NSC estate.

The Mayor’s review of the centre will see consultation with a range of sporting groups and users. The public will be consulted on more detailed options in summer and autumn 2018.

Have your say

We will be holding focus groups for regular NSC users such as clubs and groups. If you wish to attend please click on the relevant group and register your details:

Focus groups:

Numbers are limited so we would encourage clubs or groups to send only one representative. If you wish to attend, but cannot make it, please contact us and we will get in touch to make alternative arrangements.

We will also be holding drop in sessions in the sports centre which you don’t need to register for:

  • 29th January and 13th February – 10am – 8pm

There will also be an opportunity to express your views through an online survey from mid-February, or as part of our wider community engagement in summer and autumn 2018.

Current investment

The Mayor, with support from Historic England and Bromley Council, is funding several improvements to the park in a £2.4m scheme.

These include:

  • community project grants
  • new café set to open in the autumn
  • restoring several of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and the Crystal Palace Sphinxes and South Terrace steps
  • creating a skatepark, seeing skateboarding return to one of its historic homes

These works fit in with the wider Crystal Palace Park Regeneration Plan, led by Bromley. This plan follows the spirit of the adopted masterplan for the park. The aim is to create an integrated strategy that will ensure the long-term future of one of London’s great parks.

To keep up to date with the project, contact: NSC@london.gov.uk

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