London – Unveiled just before its COVID-related closing, London community hub The Plumstead Centre has reopened its doors as of 25 July. Combining cultural, leisure and library facilities, the public centre is located in a refurbished, extended Grade II-listed library building erected in 1903. The project’s completion, executed by architectural practice Hawkins\Brown, constituted the first phase of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Urban Framework for the Plumstead High Street.
Neighbourhood residents are now able to benefit from libraries for children and adults, a café, collaboration space, gym, badminton court and two large studios for performing arts, yoga and exhibitions. At the moment, entry to activity areas requires a reservation, as in line with governmental regulations amid the pandemic. Nonetheless the upgraded interior and amenities come at a time when public spaces, especially in urban environments, are much needed by the community.