Following the successful award of £2.8m grant funding, much needed works to restore the Crystal Palace Subway are now underway. The site is partially located under Crystal Palace Parade, situated on the edge of Crystal Palace Park and forms part of the Council’s wider Regeneration Plan to restore and rejuvenate the Park. The restoration of this structure will ultimately remove the Subway from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register by Summer 2022, making the site safe for future generations to enjoy. The site is now closed whilst the restoration works are underway.

The Crystal Palace Subway Restoration Project
With the grant funding, and with the support of the Friends of Crystal Palace Subway (FCPS) and Historic England, the Council appointed award-winning conservation architects Thomas Ford & Partners in May 2020, to undertake the restoration of the Grade II* listed Subway. The project includes detailed survey work to understand the current condition of the structure.

Designs are also being developed for a new roof over the east courtyard, to replace the roof that was lost in the years following the great fire of 1936.

Once completed, it is envisaged that the Subway will be removed from the Heritage at Risk Register and will be safe for the public to enjoy. The project has provided an extraordinary opportunity to secure a sustainable future for the much-loved community asset, which is of significant historical importance.

The current programme of works for the Subway’s restoration indicates that construction will begin in August 2021, with the project due to complete in Summer 2022. To date, extensive survey work has been undertaken and the site has been cleared of vegetation. The clearance uncovered the remains of the Subway’s south staircase that has been inaccessible since the early 1900s.

First opened to the public in 1865, the Subway was originally designed by Charles Barry Jnr, and provided access to the Crystal Palace from the High-Level Station. The main structure of the Subway is a series of spectacular vaults, built from red and cream brick, with an elaborate floor paved in two alternating types of stone.

The Subway is one of the last remaining features of the original Crystal Palace after the 1936 fire. It has an international following and a dedicated Friends group, who have worked for many years to secure the future of the site. Further information on the Subway and its history can be found on the FCPS website:

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Crystal Palace Park Subway

Concert Platform

In 1996, Ian Ritchie Architects won a competition to design a permanent concert platform in Crystal Palace Park. The structure, which is largely made of oxidised Corten A steel, was designed on the principles of nature, gravitas, levitas and simplicity. It hosted its first concert in August 1997, and won the Civic Trust Award in 1998 as well as being shortlisted for the Stirling Prize the same year.

Despite its potential, the concert platform has struggled as a financially viable commercial venue. As a result, it is now mostly unused and has fallen into disrepair.

The Crystal Palace Park Regeneration Plan intends to conserve the character of the park by seeking new uses for disused buildings.

The Council recently advertised an opportunity for community-minded business proposals to restore the Concert Platform. In January 2021, the Council’s Executive resolved in principle to award a lease to the Crystal Palace Park Trust to restore the Platform as a cultural and community space. We are currently working with the Trust to develop and implement the proposal.

Crystal Palace Park Concert Platform

National Sports Centre

The National Sports Centre (NSC) is located at the heart of Crystal Palace Park. It is a Grade II* listed building owned by the Greater London Authority. The Mayor of London is developing plans to ensure that the NSC is fit for the future. As such, he has assembled a team of architects, designers, enthusiasts and specialists to work on the project named ‘On Your Marks!’

Four consultation events took place in October 2018. Participants were presented with a range of design studies exploring approaches to the NSC development, and were invited to comment on each. Find out more at

Crystal Palace Park - National Sports Centre