Lewisham Council - Extension of the community library model

Extension of the community library model

This page presents documents related to the extension of the community library model to the Forest Hill, Manor House, and Torridon Road library buildings.

We have agreed preferred partners to work with us on Forest Hill and Torridon Road libraries. Further details can be found in our updated report on the libraries savings programme.

Manor House Library

We are still seeking a partner for Manor House Library. We are looking for an organisation that shares our social values to be our partner in managing this beautiful Grade II* listed, four-storey Georgian manor house in Lee Green. This is part of the expansion of Lewisham’s successful community library programme.

We already have partner organisations for seven of our libraries. Manor House is the largest and most ambitious of these projects to date and we are casting our net further to find the right organisation to make the most of this fabulous building.


In return for ensuring that Manor House remains open to the public and working with our library service to promote and support the library presence in the building, you will be able to use the rest of the building to deliver activities that have social value, offer community benefits, and support the core drivers of your business.

We will not be seeking any rental income in return for your support for the community library and in recognition of the community benefits you will provide. The running costs of the building will be shared, with you taking on the utilities, rates and day-to-day maintenance and the Council retaining responsibility for the structural repairs.


An indicative timescale of the tendering process, as well as further information about the building and the tender process, can be found below.

​Event ​Date
​Application pack available ​19 September 2016
​Pre-application appointment days ​10 October and 7 November 2016
​Deadline for pre-application clarification questions ​8 November 2016
​Deadline for applications 21 November 2016
​Shortlisted clarification meetings ​30 November 2016
​Community stakeholders meeting ​10 December 2016
​Consultation closes ​20 December 2016
​Decision by Mayor & Cabinet ​11 January 2017
​Agreement of lease/partnership arrangements with preferred applicant(s) ​12 January–15 March 2017
​Start of lease/transition arrangements with successful applicant(s) ​15 March 2017
​Library building reopened 31 March 2017​

The consultation

The survey has summaries of each organisation from the full bid document. After each summary there are two questions that we would like you to answer. Your feedback will be used to inform the decision on the chosen partner for Manor House Library. The consultation closes on 20 December 2016.

​Manor House Library documents


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