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Gallery: These five libraries have been suggested for a 520-home development in Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 14:44 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:44 02 October 2017

Southmere Village, Thamesmead

Southmere Village, Thamesmead

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More than 520 homes will be built at the development

Proposals for a state-of-the-art library at the heart of a new Thamesmead village have seen five contenders shortlisted.

Residents are being asked to have their say on five designs for a library and civic centre as part of the 520-home Southmere Village development.

The first phase of building is expected to bring 40,000ft of shopping and restaurant space, with building work set to complete by 2024.

But as development prepares to get underway, residents around the town have until Wednesday to have their say on this landmark building.

Executive director for Thamesmead at housing group Peabody, John Lewis, said: “We want as many residents as possible to give feedback on the five very different designs for the new Southmere Village Library, which will provide a much needed resource to new and existing communities.

“The creation of a new library and civic centre highlights the level of investment and commitment both Peabody and Bexley council are making to Thamesmead.”

Once the consultation is over, a judging panel made up of architects, Bexley council’s head of libraries, Judith Mitlin and Mr Lewis will meet to discuss a winning application.

Once a winning design has been selected, Peabody will be entering into a contract with the selected design practice to work as part of the Southmere village design team, to develop a detailed design for the library building and submit it to the council for planning permission.

Teresa O’Neill, leader of Bexley council said: “This new library is an important part of the new Southmere village and the extensive regeneration work happening across Thamesmead. I would urge local people to go along and see the proposed designs so they can play a part in shaping the new building.”

John Whiles founding director of architecture Jestico + Whiles, will be on the judging panel, he said: “The quality of the international response to this competition was exceptional making the selection of the five architect practices to produce a design for the Library and community building very difficult indeed.

“The five practices chosen are very different and the Judges are expecting a challenging and inspiring range of proposals that should be of great interest to all the Residents who will benefit from the facility in the future. We look forward to receiving each and every comment, that will be considered and discussed in detail before any decision is made.”

Have your say on the competition here.

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