As part of the ongoing development of the new permanent home for Marylebone Library, a new temporary library will be opened on New Cavendish Street from 3 July 2017. Work continues on plans for the new permanent library at the Seymour Centre in Marylebone, following the plans announced by Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community earlier this year. The new temporary library will replace the temporary library currently located on Beaumont Street, which closes on the 25 June 2017.
Subject to consultation and planning, the proposals for the Seymour Centre site aims to create a modern library with a variety of services for local people. These may include a children’s library offering regular family activities, space for studying and computers as well as information and books.
Feasibility studies followed by a full consultation with leisure centre and library users, local residents, businesses, schools and other interested parties will take place ahead of any future development.
Initial proposals focus on locating the library in areas of the leisure centre that are currently under-utilised or are not used for sport and leisure activities including the courtyard and back of house areas.
Any work that takes place will be sympathetic to preserving the 1930’s Grade II listed building. Minimal external changes are likely to take place and internal alterations are not expected to affect any features of special interest.
Seymour Leisure Centre will also undergo a £1.6 million refurbishment to improve the multi-use studios, gym, fitness suite, spinning studio, spa and changing facilities by the summer. These works will form part of a £9 million investment in leisure centres across Westminster through the council’s contract with Everyone Active.
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