The Library at Willesden Green

London Borough of Brent. 2015

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2015
  • Clients: Brent Council & Galliford Try

Located at the intersection of the High Road and Brondesbury Park, Willesden Green Cultural Centre acts as a local landmark and cultural cornerstone for the London Borough of Brent. The scheme incorporates a much-loved Victorian library building and retained London Plane tree at the northern corner of the site. Behind, a glazed entry lobby and public gallery links the retained building (revitalised as a public sitting room) to two new rectilinear ‘wings’ running along Brondesbury Park and Grange Road respectively. These wings are completed by a south-facing performance space connected to a new pedestrian plaza that will host a variety of outdoor events. At the centre of the new building is a four-storey internal atrium, providing natural daylight and ventilation through operable glazed rooflights. Outside, the main three-storey elevations are expressed as horizontal bands animated by openings and polychromatic brickwork, the colours and patterns of which are derived from the Victorian buildings within the Willesden Green High Road Conservation Area. Once complete in spring 2015, the Cultural Centre will accommodate a library, café, customer services, training, arts and function spaces, as well as the Brent Archive and Brent Museum.

Awards

Civic Trust Award (Regional finalist) 2017 RIBA London Region Award 2017 Brick Awards: Best Public Building 2016 WAF Civic and Community Award 2016

19/09/2019

Open House London 2019

This weekend (21-22 September) AHMM will be participating in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives access to hundreds of buildings across the city, some of which are normally closed to the public. Three AHMM buildings will be offering architect-led tours: New Scotland Yard, The Bower, and White Collar Factory. The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be taking part. On Sunday, AHMM will be repeating its very popular Mini City Home Inventors event for Open House Families. See the full Open House programme here.

 



 

19/09/2018

Open House 2018

AHMM is once again taking part in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives public access to hundreds of buildings across the city. This year’s programme takes place this weekend, and six AHMM buildings join the programme with architect-led tours of New Scotland Yard, Television Centre and White Collar Factory; The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be open to the public. Find out more about these and the full programme here.

 



 

22/08/2018

Open House 2018

AHMM is once again taking part in Open House London, the annual architecture festival that gives public access to hundreds of buildings across the city. This year’s programme takes place on the weekend of 22 and 23 September, and seven AHMM buildings join the programme with architect-led tours of Adelaide Wharf, New Scotland Yard, Television Centre and White Collar Factory; The Library at Willesden Green, Barking Town Centre and the Barbican Centre will also be open to the public. Find out more about these and the full programme here.

 



 

01/09/2017

Open House London 2017

AHMM is again participating in Open House London, an annual celebration of architecture that sees more than 800 buildings open to the public during the weekend of 16-17 September. For Open House London’s 25th year, AHMM is opening pioneering housing at Adelaide Wharf; Stirling Prize-winning Burntwood School; RIBA Award 2017 winners New Scotland Yard, The Library at Willesden Green and Grand Union Studios/The Ladbroke Grove; ‘city sandwich’ Westminster Bridge Road; new apartments at Weston Street in Bermondsey; the recently completed White Collar Factory; and its Old Street roundabout neighbour The Bower. Find out more on the Open House website. Please note all tours of New Scotland Yard are fully booked.
 



 

RIBA London Awards 2017

23/05/2017

RIBA London Awards 2017

Four AHMM projects have been recognised with RIBA London Awards announced last night (22 May): One King William Street, the reinvention of a Grade ll listed building in the Bank Conservation Area; Grand Union Studios and The Ladbroke Grove, a mixed use scheme with residential, retail and flexible office space; The Library at Willesden Green, a civic centre including a library, performing arts space, café, gallery, archive and museum; and New Scotland Yard, the new home of the Metropolitan Police Service on the Thames Embankment.

RIBA London winners, along with winners from the other ten regions, will now be considered for RIBA National Awards to be announced in June. Find out more about the RIBA Awards here.
 



 

11/04/2017

Nine AHMM projects shortlisted for RIBA regional awards

A total of nine projects by AHMM have been shortlisted for this year’s awards in the RIBA’s London, East, North West and South regions. In London, The Library at Willesden Green, Grand Union Studios/The Ladbroke Grove, New Scotland Yard, 1 King William Street, Upper Richmond Road and Google 6 Pancras Square have been visited by regional judges; Liverpool’s Royal Court was shortlisted in the North West region; Alconbury Weald Club in RIBA East; and Barns Place in RIBA South. Regional winners will be announced at ceremonies in May.

 



 

AHMM at the World Architecture Festival

18/11/2016

AHMM at the World Architecture Festival

No 1 Oxford Street (Future Commercial Mixed Use) and Weston Street (Future Residential) have both been highly commended at the World Architecture Festival Awards this week. The Library at Willesden Green, 119 Farringdon Road, Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, 61 Oxford Street, and AEP Fitness Center were also shortlisted. Simon Allford has once again been a judge at the Festival, held this year in Berlin. Find out more about the shortlisted and winning projects here.
 



 

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

07/07/2016

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

Seven AHMM projects have been shortlisted for the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards, four completed projects – The Library at Willesden Green, Royal Court Liverpool, 61 Oxford Street , and AELP Fitness Center; and three unbuilt/future projects – 119 Farringdon Road, Number One Oxford Street, and Weston Street. The winners will be chosen over the three-day World Architecture Festival in November, held this year in Berlin. The full shortlist and more information about WAF can be found here.
 



 

The Library at Willesden Green opens to the public

23/09/2015

The Library at Willesden Green opens to the public

The Library at Willesden Green has celebrated its official opening and was one of the seven AHMM projects to feature in Open House London last weekend. The Library is a new cultural and educational hub for Brent – in addition to new library facilities it also provides training, arts, education and events spaces and a new home for the Brent Museum and Archive. Find out more about visiting the Library here.
 



 

Key milestone for the Library at Willesden Green

24/02/2015

Key milestone for the Library at Willesden Green

Earlier this month the Library at Willesden Green celebrated a key milestone in its construction. The AHMM design team along with building contractors Galliford Try joined the Leader and Deputy Mayor of Brent Council at the topping out ceremony. Due for completion this summer, the Library will act as a local landmark and cultural cornerstone within the borough of Brent. The scheme incorporates a much-loved Victorian library building and retained London Plane tree. Once complete, the project will accommodate a library, café, training facilities, arts and function spaces, as well as the Brent Archive and Brent Museum.
 



 

Planning Win for Willesden Green Cultural Centre

22/02/2013

Planning Win for Willesden Green Cultural Centre

Willesden Green Cultural Centre – commissioned by the London Borough of Brent and being delivered by Galliford Try – was issued a resolution to grant planning consent at Committee last night. Located at the intersection of the High Road and Brondesbury Park, the scheme incorporates a much-loved Victorian library building and directly responds to the rich architectural context of the Willesden Green High Road Conservation Area. The Cultural Centre provides a range of facilities including library, café, customer services, training, arts and community function spaces, as well as the Brent Archive and Brent Museum.
 

 



 

Willesden Green Cultural Centre

19/01/2012

Willesden Green Cultural Centre

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Architecture 519 are pleased to announce they have been selected for the Willesden Green Cultural Centre Redevelopment in Brent with Galliford Try Regeneration.


AHMM are leading the masterplan, which incorporates a new 4,000+ sq. m. library and cultural centre, with approximately 90 residential units by Architecture 519. A compact, atrium-centred scheme with a dramatic presence on the High Road will replace the existing 1980’s library, creating a community landmark in Brent. Activating the ground floor will be a café, children’s library and ‘creative cluster’ of large spaces tied into the masterplan through a significant new public space by Gillespies Landscape.


The team, supported by URS Scott Wilson for structure and services, expect to submit a planning application in the spring, with completion in 2014 for the entire site. 




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