Passmore Edwards Old Library, Bath and Wash-house (OLBAW)

library building
Photo of the Passmore Edwards library entrance Neate Street.

The old library has a new arts group

July 2016 – Theatre Delicatessen are the new arts group who will move into the old library over the summer. They will provide space for theatre groups to develop new work, local community activity and a cafe.  More details soon.

Latest on Passmore Edwards HLF project

The FOBP feasibility study for the old library bath and washhouse (conducted by Plincke) has been completed (July 2016). The council the current occupants; Lynn Boxing Club and the church were all consulted. The report has now been published (approx. 150 pages).

 Key points from the report:

·         Maintain the old library space as a “village hall”

·         Art studios in the bath and washhouse

·         A new entrance facing onto the park

·         Upgrading access and internal lifts

·         The art studios help fund the overall running costs

 Further consultation and more detailed development work will be needed. The total cost of repair is about £1.5 million rising to £1.8m with the new entrance. The Plincke report proposes an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund –enterprise fund which the Council will lead. The council have also undertaken a building strategy across all the park buildings and will be consulting on this over the coming months.

September 2015 to July 2016 – Heritage Lottery Fund our FOBP project to scope and costing options.

Colin Burden of consultants Plincke presented  their  programme of work so far and went through the draft documents: condition survey, floor plans and potential changes. Summary of key points:
Social heritage value for what it represents and the contribution to the area history and value to the local community.
New uses for the building will mean it will need new toilets and accessibility and to be opened up to the park.
A mixed use approach recommended 60:40 split commercial:social. Keeping both buildings identity.
Creative arts hub is proposed.
Questions and discussion followed this with particular discussion on: café, other features such as cinema, car-parking, management arrangements.

A new community hub at Burgess Park is one step closer

Friends of Burgess Park wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

 The Friends of Burgess Park have received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to develop new uses for the old library, baths and washhouse on Wells Way in Burgess Park.

Led by volunteers from the local community, the project will work with consultants Plincke to identify new uses for the building that will support a range of local groups and organisations.  Consultation will make sure the proposals to be presented to Southwark Council in early 2016 meet the needs of local people.

Sam Tilling, local resident and committee member of Friends of Burgess Park said: “The Friends of Burgess Park want this building to have a long term future as an important building at the heart of Burgess Park. We are working closely with Southwark Council and the current building occupants, Wells Way Pop Up, Lynn Boxing and the RCCG Faith Foundation.  Any plans for the building will involve the current building occupants as well as other community groups and residents. This is a local landmark which must be preserved.”  To stay in touch with this project sign up for the newsletter friendsofburgesspark@gmail.com

FOBP OLBAW press release 21Oct2015 

FOBP Collection of photographs of the interior and exterior of the buildings 

Passmore Edwards heart of the park

The new master plan designs including proposals for buildings in the park. The image below is a visualisation or suggestion of one way that the Passmore Edwards building could be re-designed and made more accessible. This was included in the council’s masterplan consultation for Burgess Park in early 2015.  During 2015 FOBP are working on a business plan to get the building back into use and rejuvenated – details below.

Image of Passmore Edwards with new entrance. Image from LDA masterplan designs
Architect’s drawing of possible future rejuvenation of the building. LDA master plan designs  2014.

Wells Way Pop-Up

Passmore Edwards library is back in use!

The temporary use of the Passmore Edwards library is taking place October 2014 to March 2016. The Wells Way Pop-up have space available to rent for arts groups, regular creative events and family activities. Wells Way SE5 7TW

info@wellswaypopup.co.uk     www.wellswaypopup.co.uk

New use found for old library building in Burgess Park

in September 2014 Southwark Council announced that two theatre companies have been offered the opportunity to take up temporary residencies in the Old Wells Way Library in Burgess Park. Just Jones and Tearaway Theatre will be working together to offer a range of creative programmes throughout the autumn, including performances and workshops. 

PE Project working group

In response to lobbying activities during 2013/14, Southwark Council have proposed a one year window to allow FoBP to lead/progress a Business Plan for the future community use of the Passmore Edwards Library.

In order to achieve this, FoBP will focus in early 2015 on identifying partners and supporters, inviting expertise and funds from interested and concerned individuals and organisations.
We need assistance with business planning, community action and fundraising, and welcome any offers of skill and knowledge from the local and wider community.

In 2015 we will draft a business plan for a mixed use community space. This plan will present ideas for the specific use of the Library Rooms, and within the context of the adjoining old washhouse building located on Wells Way. This plan will also support FoBP suggestions for the greening of Wells Way, featuring this striking community building as a hub of activity at the heart of Burgess Park.

In April 2014 we set up a group of people meeting regularly to look at possibilities for the long-term future – all are welcome to join us. The aim is to lobby the council to consider ways of using the building the suit the position at the heart of the park.  In the short-term different raise the profile of the building, get it into use and show what could be possible.

Consultation Did you ever visit the buildings when they were in use as a library or bathhouse? We want to hear from you! Tell FOBP your ideas for the future use of this Victorian landmark building in Burgess Park!  Ideas put forward at the Open House consultation.

Community Asset application Passmore Edwards library, bath and washhouse

The Friends of Burgess Park community asset listing made to Southwark Council has been approved. FOBP now  wish to work with other groups to retain these Grade II buildings  to be used for activities which contribute to Burgess Park.

Paper to Burgess Park Board March 2014

Community Asset application Feb 2014

Press release website February 2014

Southwark Council Listing Decision Feb2014

Feasibility-Study-Passmore Edwards Library and Baths-c2008

ideas for re-use of the basement area
ideas for re-use of the basement area

ideas for use of the library

Ideas for future use of the library put forward at Open House

Open House 2014

Outline version of the entrance to the Passmore Edwards Library on Wells Way

FOBP, with permission from the Council, opened the Library section of the building in September 2013 for London Open House weekend. It was a great success, and over 400 people took this rare  opportunity to see inside the Passmore Edwards library, as well as the wash-house/laundry basement.

The Library was open again this year, 2014, on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 September from 1 pm to 5 pm each day. Over 300 people came and contributed to our consultation on new uses for the building.

Open House 2014 Ideas for future uses

Open House 2013 

The Library made a fantastic space to show the Picture Burgess Park photographic exhibition, alongside historical pictures and maps about the library and the canal. The event has generated a lot of local interest in the future of the buildings.

Passmore Edwards Library and BathhouseWe took this opportunity to ask people for their ideas on the future use of the library and basement, and took these forward to the council. Several visitors also suggested that we should register the building as a “community asset”, which was successfully acheived in February 2014.  Friends of Burgess Park thank Southwark Council for allowing the use of the building.

The library was built together with slipper baths and washhouse in 1903. The facilities were updated several times, but as the local population dwindled from the 1960s onwards with the creation of the park, the building closed some time in the 1980s. It’s still owned by Southwark Council, is Grade II listed, and parts of it are occupied by Lynn Boxing Gym and a church, but it’s somewhat under-used. We think it has great potential, and are working to bring it back into full use as a Park/Community facility. See history