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New Orpington library opens its doors

Mon 23 May 2011, 2:45 pm

A new library in Orpington opened its doors to the public this week, following a 1.5 million improvement scheme.

A new library in Orpington opened its doors to the public this week, following a £1.5 million improvement scheme.

Bromley Council said that building had taken less than a year to complete at the Walnuts precinct in the town centre.
The front of the building has been transformed with a large reception area and modern structural glazing.
Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley Council, said: "This new library underlines our commitment to investing in first class services for residents.  
“The library's move to the town centre will increase footfall to the heart of the town, enhancing its vitality and benefitting local businesses. 
“We have seen new businesses open since the recent High Street improvements. The library relocation increases what the town centre has to offer and ensures it is even more competitive.”
Laid out over two floors and providing street level access, the new library has improved community facilities, including meeting areas, reading space, self-service facilities and free wi-fi. 
The council also said that it had approved a first stage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the extension of the Bromley Museum at the Priory in Orpington.  
The funding would allow for an extension of the museum service into part of the vacated Orpington library building.  
The bid will include plans for heritage repairs to the Grade II* listed building, the extension of visitor facilities, improvement of exhibition spaces and the extension of learning facilities available at the site.

Bromley Council said that building had taken less than a year to complete at the Walnuts precinct in the town centre.

The front of the building has been transformed with a large reception area and modern structural glazing.

Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley Council, said: "This new library underlines our commitment to investing in first class services for residents.  

“The library's move to the town centre will increase footfall to the heart of the town, enhancing its vitality and benefitting local businesses. 

“We have seen new businesses open since the recent High Street improvements. The library relocation increases what the town centre has to offer and ensures it is even more competitive.”

Laid out over two floors and providing street level access, the new library has improved community facilities, including meeting areas, reading space, self-service facilities and free wi-fi. 

The council also said that it had approved a first stage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the extension of the Bromley Museum at the Priory in Orpington.  

The funding would allow for an extension of the museum service into part of the vacated Orpington library building.  

The bid will include plans for heritage repairs to the Grade II* listed building, the extension of visitor facilities, improvement of exhibition spaces and the extension of learning facilities available at the site.

 

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