Grade II listed Carnegie Building in Erith set to reopen as a creative hub
PUBLISHED: 15:47 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:47 20 February 2017
The landmark could reopen later this year
Creative entrepreneurs are set to breathe new life into an historic Erith landmark.
The Carnegie Building is set to have new tenants under a lease and partnership agreement with Bexley council, as part of a £1.6million project to develop the building.
The seven-figure plan aims to turn the former home of Erith library into a creative hub.
In 2009, the Grade II listed building stopped operating as Erith’s library in 2009, and is found opposite the recently completed campus of London South East Colleges.
The building will remain in public ownership,
“We are very pleased to have found three experienced local entrepreneurs who have established The Exchange Ltd to work with us to prepare the building for the next exciting phase in its history,” said Linda Bailey, cabinet member for regeneration and growth.
“We have agreed to co-finance the refurbishment of the building together with the Mayor of London and the new operator, and we believe it will be a powerful demonstration of the ways in which regeneration can benefit the town and its people.”
Historic England will now be working alongside the council and The Exchange Ltd to make sure refurbishment works stick to the character of the building.
Directors behind the company said: “We are incredibly excited to have been offered the opportunity to make the Carnegie Building lively again, and we are looking forward to developing this project over the coming months.
“It will be wonderful to see the building cared for and busy, and to provide opportunities for people within Erith to showcase their work and talent.”
Under current plans, the company hopes to offer cultural, artistic and designer studios, space for exhibitions, workshop space for creative businesses to make and sell their products, plus a café.
Depending on refurbishment works, the building could open as early as this autumn.