British Library Extension
Camden Council hosted a Development Management Forum (DMF) on the British Library on Tuesday 2 February. This Forum included a presentation and a question and answer session between the developers and members of the local community.
The recording of the session is now available so you can watch the presentation and discussion if you missed it. The presentation starts at 44.00.
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).
We have been holding some introductory sessions with representatives of the local community on some of our aspirations for the British Library extension project.
View the presentations here.
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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.
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