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One step closer to the opening of a new chapter at Shenfield Library

15 March 2024

A topping out ceremony has been held to mark a key milestone in the construction of Shenfield’s new library.

Once complete, the project will deliver a bright, new modern library and commercial space, with nine high quality apartments for sale above.

Construction work to replace the old library commenced in October 2022. The previous facility was ageing and in need of repair, with high ongoing maintenance costs.

This exciting project will deliver a new modern library facility, which will benefit from enhanced main and children’s library spaces, upgraded IT and a delightful outside community space for residents to enjoy the refreshed book stock. We are also incorporating a number of low carbon technologies to reflect the environmental and sustainability credentials of the building.

Councillor Mark Durham, Cabinet Member for Arts, Heritage and Culture

The scheme will feature a modern library which will maximise natural light to provide a flexible and usable space for the local community.

A new public garden, outdoor learning and activity space will further enhance the library service offer.

The new Shenfield Library will be a fantastic facility for the community and I am delighted to see work progressing on site. Local residents will have access to the benefits of the modern library facilities and both indoor and outdoor community space.

Councillor Louise McKinlay, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Levelling Up, Communities and Business Engagement

The development is being delivered by Essex Housing, Essex County Council’s in-house property developer.

Essex Housing was set up to turn underutilised public land and assets into housing and community buildings.

A succession of winter storms has impacted building activities on site, as a result of which completion of the development is now anticipated for Autumn 2024.

In the meantime, temporary library arrangements will continue to be provided a short distance away at Bishops Hill Adult Community Learning Centre in Poplar Drive.

I am delighted that Essex Housing is redeveloping this site to provide high quality housing and a new and improved library. I’d like to thank residents for their patience while work is completed and look forward to welcoming them when the library opens.

Councillor Lee Scott, Cabinet Member for Planning a Growing Economy