Bromley Council has announced it is looking for a design team to proceed with the next stage of its £40m plan to regenerate Crystal Palace Park.

The council advertised the contract for the nine-year-long plan on the Central Government website earlier this month.

The plans focus on three separate sites in the park, including the Italian Terraces, Palace Terrace and Penge Gate.

Works include widening the Penge Gate, demolishing and rebuilding the information centre, and general repair work such as removing overgrown vegetation.

Conservative Councillor Yvonne Bear, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “We are continuing to progress with our regeneration plan for Crystal Palace Park with this procurement of an expert consultant team being an important step towards delivering the much-anticipated capital works that will help showcase the illustrious history of this great park while delivering new spaces to benefit the local community and economy.”

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The councillor said the new set of changes to the park will include restoring the area’s historic dinosaur statues and adding a new event space to the Lower Italian Terrace.

She added: “It has taken a concerted effort from many over a number of years to get the plan to this stage and while works cannot be completed overnight, we are now in a confident position as we strive, in partnership with Crystal Palace Park Trust, to deliver a reinvigorated park in supporting Paxton’s original vision.”

The plan to regenerate Crystal Palace Park was approved by the development control committee for Bromley Council in March 2021, before being approved by the Mayor of London in October 2022.

A Crystal Palace Park Trust spokesperson told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the trust welcomed the contract as the next step in regenerating the park.

They said: “These critical capital investments will restore priceless heritage, ensure a more welcoming park, and greatly expand public enjoyment of these iconic park features.

"The Trust looks forward to working closely with the council on the park’s regeneration in the years to come.”

Applications for the service contract for a design team, valued at £1.2m, to work on the council’s Crystal Palace Park Regeneration Plan will close on March 24.

The works involved are expected to begin on June 1 this year, with a projected end date of May 31 2032.