Paula Simons: Restoring the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium, the jewel in the crown of Coronation Park
It’s back to the future for Edmonton’s long-deserted Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium.
The city and the Telus World of Science-Edmonton have come to an agreement to renovate and restore the beautiful old planetarium as a teaching, reception and production space. The deal will take one of Edmonton’s truly landmark buildings out of stasis and give it a new mission.
“It was the right thing for us to do, to work with the city to bring the QEP back to life,” says Alan Nursall, president and CEO of the Telus World of Science. “It’s our heritage. It’s our legacy. It’s where we came from. We want to preserve it as an icon of Edmonton history.”
The city has commissioned Architecture|Tkalcic Bengert to come up with designs to restore the building to its 1960 glory, complete with updates to make it accessible for people in wheelchairs and others with mobility impairments. The city also plans, at long last, to grant the building heritage designation and protection.
Full Story (Edmonton Journal)