The Nest – The New Thamesmead Library

Construction of the new Thamesmead Library is currently underway as part of the major redevelopment of the former Tavey Bridge residential area.

Following a RIBA competition Bisset Adams were appointed as architects of the new library. Their eye-catching and innovative design takes inspiration from swans’ nests that can be found on the banks of Southmere Lake, where the building will be located.

Construction of the shell was completed in 2021 and the internal fit-out works are currently underway and expected to be completed by summer 2022. Once the fit-out works are completed, the furniture installation will then take place with the library expected to open in autumn 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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