Hawkins\Brown has transformed the under-used library building into a combined centre that provides public cultural, leisure and sports facilities on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. New amenities include separate children’s and adults’ libraries, a café, flexible collaboration space, a gym and badminton court, and two large studios for performing arts, yoga, or exhibitions.
The completion of The Plumstead Centre marks the first phase of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Urban Framework for Plumstead. The collaborative approach to the project has been driven by a redefined purpose of the ‘local library’, bringing new life to the existing building and creating a new destination for the people of Plumstead.
‘The reinvigorated Plumstead Centre is a new type of community building, which combines library, leisure, and cultural facilities as part of a redevelopment that has secured the future of a beautiful listed building on Plumstead High Street,’ Jack Penford Baker, Project Architect at Hawkins\Brown, says. ‘The completed building demonstrates how new and old can come together to transform an underused community asset.