The British Library Extension – more building!

The first public online meeting unveiled early plans for the new British Library Extension. Somers Town locals are likely to think – more building! Yes, it is and high as the Crick and there will be east – west routes which will increase footfall into the neighbouring Ossulston Estate.

At the first webinar held by Stanhope and the British Library, we learnt of its likely shape and function. Questions were asked about the routes, impact by having an Ossuslston Street entrance; its purpose and community involvement.

Despite much rhetoric around community, culture, openness, gallery space, entrepreneurship, collaboration it would seem that applies to tech start ups the Library hopes to take residence, and not schools and community with hopes of a co-curated exhibitions led by locals, and a permanent home for a Somers Town Museum, representatives of whom had their hopes firmly quashed. It seems we can ‘contribute’ – so much for start ups by the Somers Town community!

So the photo here is a sneak preview.

To find out more look out for consultation and plans and attend later webinar.

Residents in Levita House need to keep reminding the developers that the noise and impact on traffic through the estate will necessitate sound proofing as people with trolley suitcases pass through the estates.

It’s out for consultation with planning permission pending form Camden Council.

Here’s the Crossrail map the whole thing needed to be designed

around.

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