The Plumstead Centre

Combining the sensitive refurbishment of a Grade II Listed building and a new contemporary extension to the rear, this project is part of the Plumstead Urban Framework and has created a new social destination for the local community, with accessibility for all.

The redevelopment has preserved and enhanced the historic character of the old library building, refurbishing the interior to bring it in line with modern standards and provide upgraded amenities throughout. The extension has been constructed in the same materials as the library; brick, glass and metal are used to create a modern building that is sympathetic, but stylistically distinct from its neighbour.

The new complex has combined improved library rooms, new leisure facilities, refurbished flexible spaces, a new café and cultural facilities under one roof. New amenities include separate children’s and adults’ libraries, flexible collaboration space, a gym and badminton court, and two large studios for performing arts, yoga, or exhibitions.

MZA was appointed as part of the RIBA Stage 4 design team to deliver the MEP design, including BIM Level 2 and Revit. The MEP design included the use of thermodynamic modelling for the building’s energy assessment and Building Regulations compliance, and we also carried out dynamic simulation to establish true building cooling loads. The MEP installation was commissioned at 100% as designed.

The project was completed in February 2020 and the building has achieved BREEAM 2014 Very Good and an EPC rating B.

The Plumstead Centre was Highly Commended in the Civic Trust Awards 2021 and the New London Awards 2020, Experience Culture Category.

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