Crystal Palace Project scrapped

11 March 2015, Blog

A high profile project to recreate the Crystal Palace exhibition hall in south London has been abandoned by Bromley Council, the local authority that owns the site after they ran out patience with the Chinese developer Zhongrong Group.

Despite the project attracting a shortlist of architects including including Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and David Chipperfield, ZhongRong Group had failed to respond within the agreed time limit and as a result, there was “realistic prospect of reaching an agreement” to continue the project.

The leader of Bromley council, Stephen Carr said the council will be looking at other options for the future of the land. The site is designated as metropolitan open land, meaning there are restrictions on what can be developed.

The decision comes as an embarrassment for the mayor, Boris Johnson, who had backed the project from the beginning. 

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