British Library Extension
View of the proposed British Library extension from Midland Road.
Further consultation now live!
We are now ready to present the developed designs for the British Library extension project, which we believe will offer a range of benefits to the local community, residents, and visitors. This exciting new project will include new learning, business, events and gallery spaces within the new British Library space, a new headquarters for the Alan Turing Institute, and commercial space for businesses.
This update shows how the feedback that we have received so far from the local community has helped inform the emerging design designs since we first shared them with you in October 2020.
We want to hear your views to make sure this project delivers for everyone in the local community. Find out more on how you can be involved here.
Now, a once-in-a-generation transformation is being planned to extend the British Library’s site in London to make it the most open, creative and innovative institution of its kind anywhere in the world, which is an important part of the British Library’s “Living Knowledge” vision.
The project to take this vision forward is a partnership between the British Library and SMBL Developments (a joint venture between Stanhope Plc and Mitsui Fudosan UK Ltd).
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Ossulston Street view coming from Phoenix Road, with the community garden on the right.
The British Library extension
The British Library extension would also become a meeting place where everyone can visit and enjoy the Library and the new opportunities created, and will provide a new headquarters for The Alan Turing institute, the UK national centre for data science and artificial intelligence.
There are three main aims to this project:
1. Growing the library
Improving the public realm and connections to Somers Town, through opening up the site and providing new entrances to the British Library Extension at the north which will be accessible from both Midland Road and Ossulston Street, closer to Somers Town, to improve access for the local community.
2. Creating the heart of the Knowledge Quarter
A significant part of the extension will comprise commercial space to be leased to those who want to work and collaborate with businesses and communities in the Knowledge Quarter, joining other research-based institutions near the Library such as the Francis Crick Institute and The Alan Turing Institute.
3. Unlocking London’s largest transport hub
The Library’s new spaces and the Station Works infrastructure for Crossrail 2 beneath the site would be funded by new commercial space (c 600,000 sq ft). This will also create more job opportunities within the Knowledge Quarter.
Proposed view of the internal Foyer area.
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