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Kensal Rise Library

We worked alongside Friends of Kensal Rise Library to try to bring this fine building back into use as a library, following its closure in 2012 as a result of the London Borough of Brent's ‘Libraries Transformation Project'.

Kensal Rise Library was built at the turn of the century to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Victoria. Opened to much acclaim on 27th September 1900 by Mark Twain, and extended in 1904 with money bequeathed by the internationally famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the library has stood at the heart of the local community for over 100 years.

Our role has been to provide the Friends with planning advice and to help them prepare to object to an anticipated application for conversion into residential flats. As part of our work on this project, we have produced both a listing appraisal, which assesses the heritage significance of the building, as well as the Asset of Community Value Statement.

An application to convert the building into residential use was rejected by the London Borough of Brent in September 2013, with the Asset of Community Value designation helping to protect the building for community use. 

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