Architects appointed for exciting new library and cinema scheme

Plans for a new library and cinema in Sidcup town centre have taken a major step forward, with the appointment of DRDH architects to develop the scheme.

DRDH are an internationally acclaimed practice and recently won the RIBA award for International Excellence for their designs for the Bodo Concert Hall and Library in Norway.

The project is being led by the London Borough of Bexley, which owns the former Blockbuster building and the land to the rear. The Council is working with a cinema operator who will bring a three-screen cinema offer to Sidcup co-located with the new library.

Plans for the site include demolition of the buildings next spring, with the submission of a planning application by summer 2019.

“There is a lot of excitement in the town about the prospect of the new library and cinema in such a prime location,” said Councillor Louie French, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growth. “When the project is complete an empty building will be replaced with a fantastic new facility that will attract new people into the town and boost the local economy.”

When it opens in 2021, the new library will continue to offer all the services and programmes provided by the current library and will also benefit from sharing the building with the new cinema. The library service has been encouraging local residents and businesses to share their suggestions for the internal design of the new library as part on ongoing engagement about the project. There is a comment box for sharing suggestions in the current Sidcup Library.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has told us what things they feel are most important to the design of the new library,” said Councillor Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Places. “I’m confident that the new home for Sidcup’s brilliant library will be a great success and that the opportunities generated by the co-location of the library and the cinema will prove a real attraction for people of all ages.”