Published: Monday, 11th December 2017

Ambitious plans for Plumstead Library building have been given the go-ahead.

Planning permission was granted to transform the current Plumstead library building into a multi-functional library, leisure, cultural and sports centre.

Revitalising the high street

The project is one of the critical elements of the ambitious Plumstead Urban Framework, aimed at delivering the renewal and regeneration of the Plumstead area and providing modern leisure facilities and services for the local community.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability Councillor Danny Thorpe said: "This is a substantial milestone for the project which is going to be at the heart of our longer term aim of revitalising the high street and regenerating the area under the Plumstead Urban Framework."

Combining the historic and the new

The design incorporates the historic features of the Grade II Listed library into a new complex which combines library, leisure and cultural facilities. It was developed after consultation with local residents about what they wanted from the new facility as well as discussions with stakeholders.

The redevelopment will involve:

  • internal refurbishment of the existing Grade II Listed library building
  • demolition of non-listed existing extension to the rear
  • redevelopment of part of the site comprising a two-storey extension with leisure facilities, public realm improvement works and cycle parking.

A building that is accessible for all

The key approach to the building's design has been to create a truly accessible building, so that each and every member of the local community can enjoy the new functions. The designs were passed by the Planning Board unanimously.

Jack Penford Baker, Project Architect for Hawkins Brown, said: "The combination of a sensitive refurbishment of the listed building and a high quality contemporary extension to the rear will provide a space for all in the community, and re-activate the Library as a beacon for Plumstead."

Work on the site is expected to begin in spring 2018 and be completed by autumn 2019.