Our new Library Building in Clapham has opened its doors to complete the £80m Clapham One mixed-use regeneration scheme, which has transformed leisure services across two sites in Clapham Town Centre. The project was completed June 2012.
The Clapham One development has been delivered by PPP (Public Private Partnership) specialists Cathedral Group, working in partnership with United House and Lambeth Council. In addition to the new library, the scheme also provides a highly sustainable leisure centre, a new GP surgery and some of the most high quality residential accommodation in the borough including affordable housing, in partnership with Notting Hill Housing Group.
Lambeth Council provided the sites and in return Cathedral undertook to provide the new public facilities at no cost to the public purse but funded by the private sector apartments built above the library and adjacent to the leisure centre.
There are 136 private apartments in the Library Building with an additional 19 provided on the Leisure Centre site alongside 44 affordable homes split across a mix of tenures including social rented and intermediate accommodation.
The £6.5m, 19,000 sq ft public library, designed by Studio Egret West, is located in the heart of Clapham on the High Street (the site of a former office block Mary Seacole House.) In addition to holding more than 20,000 books, it provides a stunning new performance space for local community groups, as well as modern meeting room facilities.
It is housed in a 12-storey, mixed-use building, with the community uses focused on the ground floor and the Clapham High Street frontage, and the high quality residential apartments above.
The spiral represents a path of seamless learning, which connects the multifunctional building in a way that has not been seen before. On entering, it is immediately apparent where all the various elements of the building are located with the ramp spiralling up towards the reading room and down towards the childrenʼs library.
The scheme has won numerous awards in the past two years and most recently New London Award 2012 for Culture and Community.