Friends of Kensal Rise Library to hold public consultation about community space

Kensal Rise Library is in Bathurst Gardens

Kensal Rise Library is in Bathurst Gardens - Credit: Archant

Library campaigners are holding a public consultation to hear residents’ views on how they should use a rent-free community space in an axed branch in Kensal Rise.

The event on Saturday by Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL), will also allow locals to discuss how the space in the building in Bathurst Gardens, should be designed.

FKRL has hired award winning architects, Shepheard Epstein Hunter, who have previously worked on projects including Enfield Town Library, Fore Street Library in Edmonton and Clapton Library in Hackney, to design the space.

Steven Pidwell, director and chairman of the practice, will be at the public consultation to discuss the proposals.

In 2011, Kensal Rise Library was closed with five other branches by Brent Council to save £1million a year.

The building was handed back to its owners All Soul’s College in Oxford, who went on to sell it to property developer Andrew Gillick.

Mr Gillick obtained planning permission to convert the building into flats with a rent-free community space before he put it up for auction in December last year.

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However it failed to fetch its guide price of £1.2m and is currently in the hands of Knight Frank, an estate agent and global property consultancy.

The drop-in event takes place at The Long Room in St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Road. Kensal Green, between 1pm and 4pm.

All are welcome.