RIBA and Peabody announce shortlist for new Thamesmead library

Peabody and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are pleased to announce the teams shortlisted to design a new £5m purpose built Library at Southmere Village in the London Borough of Bexley.

The shortlisted teams (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Adam Khan Architects
  • Architecture 00 Ltd / Studio Weave
  • Bisset Adams Ltd
  • Keith Williams Architects
  • Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Norway


The new library and civic building will lie at the heart of the first phase of the planned 1,600 new homes to be delivered as part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead housing zone. 

It will be located on the south side of Southmere Lake and a short walk to the new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) at Abbey Wood station.  The new state-of- the-art building will serve the new, existing and future generations of communities living in the area, with a 21st Century library and learning space to the ground floor, with potential to accommodate other civic functions, including learning, health and well-being on its upper floor(s).   The building will complement, and sit within, a scheme designed by master architects, Proctor and Matthews, for Peabody.

John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead at Peabody said: “We would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in working on this project. It is clear there are many talented practices who share our excitement about providing a brand new state-of- the-art library and civic building for Thamesmead.  We look forward to hearing more from the shortlist about their proposals. We’ll be working with the local community, the council, and design experts to make sure we get the best possible result for the area. As we approach Thamesmead’s 50th birthday in 2018, I hope this building will become an emblem of London’s new town finally fulfilling its potential.” Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said: “It’s great that we are one step closer to the development of a building that will be so key to the local community. I’m really looking forward to seeing some interesting designs that capture the essence of all the great regeneration work currently taking place in Thamesmead.”

The shortlisted teams will now begin work on their design proposals and the final Evaluation Panel decision will take place in October 2017. The Panel includes John Whiles, Founding Director, Jestico + Whiles; Proctor and Matthews Architects; the London Borough of Bexley & Peabody.

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