Monday, 19 November 2012

Future of Streatham Library - Open day 24th November

Several community groups are involved in consulting local people about the future of Streatham Library.

There will be an open day at Streatham Library itself, this Saturday (24th November) from 10.00am till 4.00pm setting out some of the questions being asked about its future use.

It comes after several hundred thousand pounds of funding was secured from the Mayor's Outer London Fund. There is now an opportunity to make use of this funding to make a substantial investment to secure the future use of the library as well as dealing with the backlog of repairs to the building following years of under-investment by successive council administrations. Friends of Streatham Library, the Streatham Society and Streatham Action would like to hear your views on what should happen to the space.

Bisset Adams architects have been appointed to look at options for:

1. Restoration and refurbishment of the Library

2. The future use of the Library

3. The future use of the ‘Tudor Hall’ next door in Pinfold Road (currently the IT training centre) and

4. The space that Lambeth Council uses at the Gracefield Gardens Centre around the corner.

This is the existing layout (click on the image for a larger view):

These are the questions that the community is being asked about the space (click on the image for a larger view:

Suggestions have been made that the combined Library and Tudor Hall could house a wider range of arts and community uses - from a small studio theatre to exhibition space to meeting rooms and space for adult education classes. Lambeth Council and the Friends of Streatham Library in particular want to hear the ideas and opinions of local residents for the future use of the buildings.

Local people can drop in at the library any time during the open day on Saturday between 10.00am and 4.00pm to talk to the design team and discuss the ideas.

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