The new Plumstead library has reopened its doors with a celebratory launch on Tuesday morning, following a major £16m refurbishment and expansion.
The Grade II listed building underwent a 15-month refurbishment to create a new library with a leisure centre, community rooms and a cafe.
The building, at the heart of Plumstead now boasts fantastic facilities and a launch event was held to celebrate the official opening of the Plumstead Centre.
Councillors and staff gathered to cut the ribbon, and a celebratory cake was shared as the library officially returned to its true home.
The library was temporarily housed on Abbey Street since 2018, ensuring children still had access to library services, but this closed on Friday, with council employees working to move the library over to its new home.
The centre also includes a new leisure centre, social hubs and community rooms, and The Royal Borough of Greenwich say that these have been created in a manner befitting the historic status of the building as well as providing modern facilities and expanding the centre.
The other areas of the centre, the leisure centre and the social hubs and community rooms, will be open to the public from the 17 February, and there will be a grand opening on Saturday 29th February.
Miranda Williams, cabinet member for culture, leisure and the third sector, said last week she was “very excited” to move back to the original building with minimal disruption.
“The new Plumstead Centre looks amazing and there are a wide range of enhanced facilities for people of all ages. I’m confident it’s going to be a hit with residents.”
Councillor Danny Thorpe said: “I am incredibly proud of this centre and the new year-round opportunities it will offer residents of Plumstead and beyond. Residents and community groups will have access to a wide range of enhanced leisure facilities, including a dance studio, a book wall and a multi-use space suitable for a range of activities. Seeing the children’s stories about Plumstead etched into its walls is a welcomed touch that reiterates that this a centre for the whole community and will no doubt become the heart of community activity in Plumstead.
“There will be a grand opening of the Plumstead Centre on Saturday 29 February which will include demonstrations, a tour of the facility and opportunities to try out free taster activities. I hope you will come and join in to see what this new facility can offer you, your family and your community groups.”
To accommodate the necessary safety checks on the leisure equipment and to ensure everything is working correctly, the rest of the Plumstead Centre including the leisure centre will open to the public from Monday 17 February.
Activities at the grand opening of the Plumstead Centre (10am-1pm) will include free taster sessions in performing arts, mini tennis, badminton, children’s football, and soft play. Free gym trials will be available throughout the day, along with fitness class taster sessions.