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Plumstead Centre Library, Plumstead

Hawkins\Brown’s library building refurb transforms a previously underused asset in Greenwich into a lively and successful community amenity buzzing with activity in the south east London Regional Awards

Plumstead Centre
Plumstead Centre Credit: Jack Hobhouse

Hawkins\Brown for Royal Borough of Greenwich
Contract value: £11,800,000 
GIA: 2329m2
Cost per m2: £5,067

This project refurbishes a grade II-listed early 1900s library building and significantly extends it with new facilities for sport, fitness and the performing arts. In doing so, this previously underused asset has been transformed into a lively and successful community amenity buzzing with activity. New and old have been cleverly combined in terms of both the building’s use and its design details, and there are some delightful touches including local children’s stories and shelves of library books on the glass. Mindful that needs might change over time, spaces have been kept flexible and adaptable.  

The original building has been remodelled to accommodate a range of library spaces, meeting rooms, play and multi-functional spaces. The new extension offers gym facilities, a dance studio, badminton courts, rooms for hire and a ‘book mountain’ staircase.

The restoration has revealed and reinstated many original features including barrel-vaulted skylights, original parquet flooring, mosaic tiling, and Edwardian ironmongery.The original building has been remodelled to accommodate a range of library spaces, meeting rooms, play and multi-functional spaces. The new extension offers gym facilities, a dance studio, badminton courts, rooms for hire and a ‘book mountain’ staircase.

The restoration has revealed and reinstated many original features including barrel-vaulted skylights, original parquet flooring, mosaic tiling, and Edwardian ironmongery.

  • Plumstead Centre
    Plumstead Centre Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • Plumstead Centre
    Plumstead Centre Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • Plumstead Centre
    Plumstead Centre Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • Plumstead Centre
    Plumstead Centre Credit: Jack Hobhouse
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