Community Open Day to mark the completion of new facility
The new three-floor Colliers Wood Library, which includes a café, is to be opened on Monday (February 5).
The purpose-built library includes wi-fi, free computers, study areas, meeting spaces for hire which can be segmented into separate sections or made into one large area for hire and a children’s area.
Although the library opens on Monday, a special Community Open Day will take place on February 24, from 11am-4pm, when a number of special events will be taking place.
The Colliers Wood Library will be run by Merton Council and the coffee shop will be run by Gosto Fino. It replaces the temporary Colliers Wood Library that has operated from the Guardian Centre for the Blind, Clarendon Road, since July 2015 until it closed in December 2017.
The development is the result of a partnership between Rocco Homes and Merton Council. Rocco Homes, the developer for the project, which also provides housing in the site, has invested around £2m for the construction of the library.
Forty-five of the 60 new residential properties built by Rocco Homes will be operated by the housing association Metropolitan Housing, meaning 45 properties will be available at affordable rates for Londoners.
The library has solar panels on the main roof and a green sedum roof. Additionally, there will be a centralised heating system for the whole building, electric vehicle charging points and bicycle parking.
Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for community and culture, Nick Draper, said: “This is an exciting new development for Colliers Wood with an iconic new library. Our award winning library service has gone from strength to strength and this is a major chapter in our aim to make our libraries better and better. We are thrilled that residents will now benefit from increased space and improved resources from this beautiful new library which is open to all.”
For more information on the library or to hire a room, go to: merton.gov.uk/libraries.
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January 31, 2018