The British Library has submitted a planning application for its ‘St Pancras Transformed’ scheme, which includes the completion of its ‘campus’ in the capital, an extension onto the three-acre land to the north of its existing Grade 1 listed building. The application was on the Camden Council website.
In 2019 the British Library signed a development agreement with partners Stanhope plc and Mitsui Fudosan UK Ltd (SMBL) to extend the building and has since consulted with users and neighbours, and drawn up plans to extend, repurpose and open the St Pancras website.
The extension is designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners (RSHP), and will meet the changing needs of its users, the Library said.
The design includes new cultural, learning and event spaces and improved facilities to support businesses through its Business & IP Center (BIPC). The extension will also include a lab-enabled retail space that will be leased to those who wish to work and collaborate with businesses and communities in the Knowledge District.
A decision is expected to be taken by Camden Council in the fall of 2022.
“A complex and ambitious program like this can only reach its full potential through open and constructive dialogue and feedback representing as many different perspectives as possible, so if you are as passionate as we are about the Library and its future long term, please contribute,” said British Library chief executive Roly Keating.
“Incorporating new open facilities for learning and events and a landscaped courtyard, the development will be a welcoming and accessible space for all. It will include additional free study spaces with free WiFi access for everyone, from schoolchildren and university students to local residents and researchers.
“A new community garden on Ossulston Street will continue the work started by the much-loved Story Garden and we are excited about the opportunities the new development will provide to develop exhibitions and co-curated events in collaboration with people from the communities who live near from the library.
“Importantly, during a period of national economic recovery, the project will also create local jobs, during and after construction, and the extension will allow us to expand our existing offering of business and intellectual property centers, providing a vital business support for local start-ups. and growing SMEs.