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RCKa wins Harrow library job

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RCKa has been appointed to work on the redevelopment of Roxteth Library in Harrow 

The firm was chosen by Harrow Council Regeneration Unit to draw up proposals for housing alongside a new library and community facilities.

The scheme will replace Harrow’s 278m2 single-storey library with a 375m2 community hub including an adult and children’s library, a study zone, and ICT facilities.

Roxeth Library Concept

Roxeth Library Concept

It will also include flexible spaces for start-up businesses and community activities.

Private-rented housing units – of which 40 per cent will be affordable – will be accessed through a shared public space designed to activate the public realm and provide passive security.

Sue Anderson, portfolio holder for community, culture and resident engagement said: ‘There’s a bright future for libraries and we have an ambitious programme in Harrow to modernise all our libraries. This is so that they are both fit for the 21st century, as well as making more efficient use of our land. Through this transformation at Roxeth we will be able to provide new homes and deliver exciting new library facilities for the local community.’ 

Dieter Kleiner, director at RCKa, added: ‘[We’re] thrilled to be working with such a positive and progressive local authority, and look forward to helping Harrow realise its ambitious regeneration plans to fund public services through the income from high-quality PRS housing.’ 

RCKa will now carry out public engagement taking the project forward to RIBA Stage 2. This work is set to be completed by September 2016.

Project data

Location Harrow, London
Type of project housing and community
Architect RCKa
Client Harrow Council Regeneration Unit
Area 375m²
Form of appointment competition

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