Southmere Village Library Competition


Sponsors: Thamesmead and Peabody Group
Organizer: RIBA
Type: Invited, RfQ, 2-stage
13 July 2017 (14:00 hrs) Deadline for RfQ submission

Design challenge

Peabody is seeking to select a firm of architects to provide architectural design and related services for a new, purpose-built library building at Southmere Village. Consultants from other required design disciplines in respect of the project will be appointed directly by Peabody. This could include working with artists to potentially incorporate art works within the building. This new civic building lies at the heart of the first phase of the planned 1,622 new homes to be delivered as part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone.

A budget of GBP £3.9m-4.5m inclusive of professional fees has been identified for the building shell, with the London Borough of Bexley to be responsible for the fit-out of the library shell, against which a budget of GBP £0.76m has been identified.

This new civic building will be located on the south side of Southmere Lake within 10 minutes’ walk of the easternmost terminus of the new Elizabeth Line at Abbey Wood. This new state-of-the-art building will serve the needs of 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).


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