Brent Council in the UK has approved plans for the redevelopment of Willesden Green Library Centre, which is being delivered by construction firm Galliford Try.
Located at the intersection of the High Road and Brondesbury Park, the scheme will retain the existing Victorian library building as part of the new cultural centre.
The redevelopment will feature a children’s library, a customer contact centre, Brent museum, Brent archive, a special exhibition gallery, an education room, a study space, a community gallery and a cafe.
Upon completion, the redevelopment will include four community spaces to host community and cultural programmes and office space for the council.
Brent Council lead member for regeneration and major projects George Crane said that the decision was important for the regeneration of Willesden and the High Road.
"We aim to give people in the south of the borough access to a wide range of services and create libraries suitable for the 21st century and all at no capital cost to local people," Crane said.
Earlier plans for the new council facility included the demolition of the original Victorian library on the High Road, but the proposal was withdrawn after feedback from local people.
As per the new proposals, the existing building will be retained and converted to a public space, which will act as a front room to the new cultural centre.
The new Willesden Green Cultural Centre is anticipated to open in early 2015.
The council said that the new proposals will now be sent to the GLA and Secretary of State, who will approve the proposal before Brent formally gives planning permission.
Image: The redevelopment will now retain the Victorian library building after feedback from local people. Photo: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.