Upper Norwood Library by Richard Calvert

Face lift begins

Great news – building works to improve the Upper Norwood Library Hub – a part of the Upper Norwood Trust’s deal with Lambeth and Croydon – are due to start.

“Inevitably it will mean some disruption to the Library Hub’s activities but at the end of it we will have a beautifully refurbished building for the community to enjoy all the activities including the library service supplied to the Trust by Lambeth Council”, says Laura Wright, Chair of Upper Norwood Library Trust.

The work has been split into two phases to reduce the disruption as much as possible. Phase one starts on January 29, when the upper floor of the building will be closed to the public so that building work can begin. Work on the first floor is scheduled to be completed in mid-March.  Phase 2, on the ground floor and basement, will then start.

While the upper floor is being refurbished it may be a little noisier than usual, but visitors will still be able to reserve, without charge, non-fiction books from the library catalogue. Lambeth Council will continue to provide the library service on the ground floor, with computers, the children’s library, fiction and popular non-fiction available.

The Library Hub activities will also continue with sessions on digital inclusion; financial support; business skills; literacy with our partner Beanstalk; health and wellbeing; Artexia; life drawing; drama; swing patrol; local community access; and local history meetings, managed by the Library Hub team.

The extensive building works include repairs to the flat and pitched roofs; the brickwork; window replacement; being decorated throughout and new flooring throughout; as well as mechanical and electrical repairs throughout the building and the car park being re-surfaced.

“With the support of Lambeth and Croydon Councils, we will have a building fit for the 21st century”, says co Hub Director, Margaret Adjaye. “We are delighted that we will have such a great building for the Upper Norwood community who fought so hard to keep the library open,” says co Hub Director Emily Jewell.

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth’s cabinet member for Business, Culture and Regeneration, said: “This relatively short period of building work will mean the building can be a great asset for the community long into the future. The Trust have done a brilliant job so far, supported by Lambeth’s library service, in providing a real community hub for the people of Upper Norwood.”

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, Croydon’s cabinet member for Culture, Leisure, and Sport, said:  “This investment is great news as it helps secure the future of Upper Norwood Library, at a time when budget cuts mean all public services are under strain. The Trust is doing a wonderful job to protect the library service and do far more with a very special building.”

For further information about The Upper Norwood Library Hub please contact the Library Hub team on 020 8670 4389.

For further information about the Lambeth Library Services please visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/libraries

Press contact Bryher Scudamore, Trustee, 077110 66810, [email protected]

 

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