£756,616 funding secured to progress Canning Town Old Library transformation

Canning Town Old Library secured a modern-day transformation with a funding grant of £551,743 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and £204,870 from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Funding.

The National Lottery Heritage development grant funding will kick-start the next phase of the project which will include working with residents and community groups to curate the centre’s programme.

As well as finally beginning the protecting, cataloguing and relocating the borough’s archive collection.

These will be stored in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built archive and showcased, along with the borough’s museum collections, in the transformed old library building.

The latest milestone forms part of the Council’s commitment to delivering on Building Newham’s Creative Future cultural strategy.

Stuart McLeod, director of England – London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Not only will Newham Heritage Centre revitalise a Grade II listed building in the heart of Canning Town, but it will also transform access to Newham’s fascinating stories and collections and make a permanent home to celebrate heritage in the borough.”

The £204,870 from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Funding that was secured from the Department for Energy security and Net Zero will advance the project’s decarbonisation ambitions.

The current development phase expecting to last until July 2025. Newham Council will be working with the residents, community groups and partners to create more recruitment opportunities as well as being able to activate the space to make it into a real community space for the residents of Canning Town.

The building works are due to commence in summer 2024 following a competitive tender process which is currently taking place to appoint a contractor to lead on the construction phase of the project.

Featured image courtesy of Newham Council, with thanks.

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