Southmere Village Library in Thamesmead Competition

Southmere Village Library in Thamesmead Competition 2017, Bexley Architecture Contest

Southmere Village Library in Thamesmead Competition

Thamesmead Architecture Contest run by Peabody / The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

13 Jun 2017

Southmere Village Library in Thamesmead Competition

RIBA Southmere Village Library in Thamesmead Competition

Launch of international competition to design Southmere Village Library in Thamesmead, UK

13th of June 2017 – Peabody and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are pleased to announce the launch of an international design competition for a new library building in Southmere Village, Thamesmead.

Thamesmead London Bexley aerial photo |
photo by Kleon3 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

This new civic building will be at the heart of the first phase of the planned 1,622 new homes to be delivered as part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone in the London Borough of Bexley. It will be located on the south side of Southmere Lake within 10 minutes’ walk of the eastern most terminus of the new Elizabeth Line at Abbey Wood.

This new state-of-the-art building will serve the needs of new, existing and future communities, with a 21st century library, learning space and potential to accommodate other civic functions, including learning, health and wellbeing spaces. This competition provides an opportunity for creative design solutions to be explored that engage with the lakeside settings and Peabody’s commitment to investing in the local area.

Thamesmead South East London aerial photo |
photo by Kleon3 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

John Lewis, Executive Director, Thamesmead-Peabody said: “Building great places where people want to be is fundamental to our plans for Thamesmead. We are excited about the potential for a state-of-the-art library, learning and wellbeing space in a new cultural quarter close to the Elizabeth Line station at Abbey Wood. We are looking for architects from across the world to submit their ideas and help Thamesmead reach its potential as London’s new town.”

Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said; “This is a chance to get involved with providing our residents with a building worthy of the great new development planned at Southmere Village. The new library will be a key part of the local community and with such an interesting brief we should see some innovative designs, giving us a building we can all be proud of.”

Peabody’s plans for Thamesmead will deliver around 20,000 new homes in the town. Proctor & Matthews architects are leading on the design of the 1,622 new homes in the South Thamesmead Housing Zone and they will help draw up a shortlist from the expressions of interest alongside experts including: Peabody, the London Borough of Bexley and architect John Whiles from Jestico + Whiles acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser.

Further details about the project and how to enter is available at or

The deadline for receipt of Expression of Interest returns is 2.00pm (BST) on Thursday 13 July 2017.

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Peabody in Thamesmead

Over £1 billion is being invested in Thamesmead over the next ten years, making it not only the biggest regeneration projects in London but one of the biggest in the UK. This, together with two Housing Zones which are being led by the London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough Greenwich and delivered by Peabody with funding from the Mayor of London’s office, has pushed Thamesmead into the top regeneration projects in the UK.

As Thamesmead’s main landowner, Peabody is driving the town’s regeneration in collaboration with partners. This includes delivering around 3,000 new homes, refurbishing hundreds of other homes and improving and creating public spaces over the next ten years.

Thamesmead is one of Peabody’s core priorities, and a dedicated Thamesmead regeneration team has been built to deliver the ambitious vision to help make Thamesmead London’s new town. A place people choose to live, work and visit.


Thamesmead is already home to over 45,000 people, beautiful green spaces, excellent rated schools and unrivalled space and scale. Long-term, Thamesmead provides the opportunity for 20,000 new homes and for thousands of high value new jobs, complemented by a new leisure, cultural and commercial offer for the town and for London. Our patient and comprehensive approach will ensure the existing community is at the heart of its future.

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