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The Nest - The New Thamesmead Library

The Nest – The New Thamesmead Library

Construction of the new Thamesmead Library is currently underway as part of the major redevelopment of the former Tavy Bridge residential area. Following a RIBA competition Bisset Adams were appointed as architects of the new library with an eye-catching and innovative design taking inspiration from swans’ nests that can be found on the banks of Southmere Lake, where the building will be situated.

Construction of the shell is expected to be completed by spring 2021, with fit out and furniture installation to follow and completion expected early in 2022.


As part of the new library development, London Borough of Bexley has partnered with Arts Council England, Peabody Trust and Bow Arts to form The Creative Knowledge Project. This project is led by local arts organisations and artists to empower existing communities in Thamesmead to shape the future of the building. Bow Arts have commissioned Dunya Kalantery as an artist in residence, to explore future uses and service developments with the local community.  Also, local fine art makers Rima & McRae who specialise in bespoke interior finishes, will work with schools to create an inspirational architectural feature to be installed within the library. 

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The Missing Pieces to Society – Voices of Thamesmead’s young Creative Researchers

The missing pieces to society artwork

Young people from Thamesmead discuss issues of contemporary identity in a series of podcasts aired on following a 4 month research project run by Artist in Residence Dunya Kalantery.

Visit The Missing Pieces to Society page for more information.