Lambeth Council is seeking an architect to redevelop a former library site on Lower Marsh in central London
The winner of the £245,000 contract will draw up a ‘high quality architectural design’ to replace the council’s single-storey library at 114-118 Lower Marsh which closed to the public this summer.
Planned to complete in 2018, the project is expected to deliver new housing, retail and office space on the prominent 638m² plot which is within the borough’s Waterloo opportunity area where 15,000 new jobs and 1,900 new homes are expected to be delivered in the coming years.
According to the brief: ‘The council is in the position where actively generating income is becoming part of everyday business within a landscape of on-going austerity measures. To this end the council has been in the process of rationalising its property assets. 114-118 Lower Marsh provides an opportunity for the council to realise an uplift in its property assets.
‘Located in the central activity zone of Waterloo and Lower Marsh central activities zone frontage primary shopping area the site is one of very few property assets owned by the council in the Waterloo ppportunity area which is experiencing major growth with accelerating land values.’
Located south of Waterloo railway station – Lower Marsh has been the commercial centre of Lambeth since the early nineteenth century and is today host to a street market with 77 stalls and several vintage shops, pubs, bookshops, art galleries and restaurants.
PWLC Projects completed a £3 million overhaul of public realm along the historic street – delivering a new piazza, seating and improved lighting – two years ago.
The facility – formerly known as the Waterloo Library – closed in July after services were relocated to the Oasis Centre on nearby Kennington Road. The Waterloo Jobshop which continue to occupy part of the site for the next two years along with a temporary meanwhile use prior to redevelopment.
The project comes six months after campaigners held protests over the contentious closure of the council’s Carnegie and Minet libraries which are both due to reopen next year as ‘healthy living centres’ with self-service book lending facilities.
Lambeth Council plans to retain freehold ownership of the site and offer a long lease unless ‘market conditions direct and dictate more attractive options that will maximise both financial and social value of the site.’
The deadline for applications is noon on 5 December.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
London Borough of Lambeth
10 Wandsworth Rd
Tel: +44 2079269365