London council nixes plans to rebuild the Crystal Palace

Plans for the new Crystal Palace Park were scrapped when the city and the project's developer could come to an agreement before the 16-month exclusivity contract expired.

March 09, 2015 |
Crystal Palace project scrapped by London council

Renderings courtesy ZhongRong Group

London's Bromley Council canceled plans to reconstruct the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in the southern part of the city.

According to Dezeen, the council ended its partnership with ZhongRong Group, which was providing funding for a project that was intended to replicate the "spirit, scale, and magnificence" of the structure designed by English architect Joseph Paxton to host the Great Exhibition of 1851, and was later destroyed by a fire in 1936.

The Crystal Palace Park attracted a shortlist of architects, including Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield, Grimshaw, Haworth Tompkins, and Marks Barfield before it was scrapped.

The Bromley Council said it was unable to come to an agreement for development with ZhongRong Group before its 16-month exclusivity contract expired. The council did not state whether or not it will work with another partner on development plans for the park.

 

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