The West Norwood joint Library Cinema project has been finalised at last and signed off by Cllr Jane Edbrooke, councillor responsible for Culture & Libraries in Lambeth. This partnership between the council and Picturehouse will invest over £6m into the regeneration of West Norwood town centre.
Building work on the Nettlefold Hall site in Norwood High Street SE27 will start soon in order for the joint library -cinema to open in September 2017.
Contracts have been exchanged between Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd & Lambeth council to lease the Nettlefold Halls and turn it into a four-screen cinema, with bar and café. As part of the deal, West Norwood Library will return to the Nettlefold site.
Helen Hayes commented “I am delighted that a contract has now been signed for the delivery of a cinema in West Norwood bringing us a step closer to realising the long held aspiration for the cinema and much-needed restoration of the library. I’m also really pleased that Picturehouse have agreed to pay their staff at the cinema an employment package that is equal to, or more than, the London Living Wage”
Lyn Goleby, Managing Director of Picturehouse, said: “This is the sort of building that we get very excited about – modernising and reinventing a place that sits at the heart of its community. We hope that the support the project enjoys will mean that we can very soon deliver a great new facility for West Norwood”.
Following the signing of the agreement it will take about 3 months to complete costings and develop designs ready for a full public consultation. To get an idea of how the new cinema-library will look see the posters displayed outside the building at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX
Sonia Winifred & Jane Pickard outside site of new cinema
West Norwood will soon be home to its very own Picturehouse cinema with works planned to start on the site in Nettlefold Hall in early 2014, but instead of waiting until the grand opening in 2015 West Norwood Feast and Picturehouse Cinemas have organised a three night, pop-up cinema event in the heart of West Norwood, in the grounds of St Luke’s Church SE27 0DT.
The evening screenings are:
Friday 13th September – The Life of Pi ,
Saturday 14th September – Some Like it Hot and
Sunday 15th September – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
This is a free ticketed event enabled by the generosity of Picturehouse Cinemas who kindly supplied the screen and equipment and with the support and organisation of the volunteers of West Norwood Feast. Tickets quickly sold out.
Detailed plans for the a joint public library and Picturehouse cinema in the Nettlefold Halls building at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX are progressing and are expected to be available for public consultation at the end of this summer. This will allow the views of local people to be incorporated into the plans before the planning application is submitted in the autumn. A decision on the planning application could be made by the end of the 2013 and then construction work, lasting from between 12 to 18 months, would start early in 2014.
Picturehouse Cinemas, the UK’s leading independent cinema operator, is a stand-alone entity within Cineworld Group plc. Formed in 1989, Picturehouse provides cinemas in city-centre locations to serve local communities and offer a broader range of films. It owns and operates 21 cinemas and programmes an additional 40 independently operated venues throughout the UK.
Picturehouse draws on more than 18 years’ experience in tailoring diverse and commercially successful programmes, spanning art-house and independent features, world cinema and quality mainstream titles, as well as short films and touring seasons. The company prides itself on being at the forefront of digital cinema and other business and technical developments, such as pioneering a wide variety of live Screen Arts cinecasts of performance arts events, including from the National Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House, as well as regular filmmaker Q&As.
Cllr Jane Pickard at the Nettlefold Halls building
Detailed plans for the a joint public library and City Screen cinema in the Nettlefold Halls building at 1 Norwood High Street SE27 9JX are progressing and are expected to be available for public consultation at the end of this summer. This will allow the views of local people to be incorporated into the plans before the planning application is submitted in the autumn. A decision on the planning application could be made by the end of the 2013 and then construction work , lasting from between 12 to 18 months, would start early in 2014.
The squatters occupying the Nettlefold Halls have been evicted.
Friends of West Norwood Library and Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, other local community representatives, local businesses and councillors are working with the council and City Screen on the plans. The library will have the same amount (or possibly more) floorspace than the previous service in the Nettlefold Halls. The plans will also allow for a Vistor Centre for the cemetery – once funding is obtained for this project – perhaps with a national Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
In the meantime a temporary library service continues to run from the Old Library at 16 Knights Hill SE27 0HY opening daily at 10am (except Sundays & Tuesdays when the library is closed)
For more details on the library-cinema plans for West Norwood – see the council cabinet report on 10th June 2013:
Olu Opanuga, chair of Friends of West Norwood Library
The Friends of West Norwood Library have arranged a meeting at 7pm on Monday 14th November 2011 at the Old Library, 16 Knights Hill ( near the Post Office) to hear the latest news on the library from the council and talk about the services local people want to see in the re-opened library in West Norwood.
West Norwood Library & the Nettlefold Halls have been closed for repairs since June..For further information contact FWNL@hotmail.co.uk