Exterior visualisation - view of the commercial entrance to the extension. Image © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Plans submitted for The British Library’s St Pancras ‘campus’ site

Image: Exterior visualisation - view of the commercial entrance to the extension, looking south-west on Midland Road. Image © Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The ‘St Pancras Transformed’ programme will see the completion of a new business-focussed campus near its Grade 1 listed building.

The British Library has submitted a planning application for its ‘St Pancras Transformed’ programme, which includes the completion of its ‘campus’ in the capital, an extension on the three acre plot north of its existing Grade 1 listed building. The application has been on the Camden Council website.

In 2019, the British Library signed a development agreement with partners Stanhope plc and Mitsui Fudosan UK Ltd (SMBL) to expand the building and has since been consulting with users and neighbours, and developing plans to extend, reorient and open up the St Pancras site.

The extension is designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), and will respond to the changing needs of its users, said the Library.

The design includes new cultural, learning and event spaces and enhanced facilities to support businesses through its Business & IP Centre (BIPC). The extension will also incorporate lab enabled commercial space to be leased to those who want to work and collaborate with businesses and communities in the Knowledge Quarter.

It is anticipated that a decision will be made by Camden Council in autumn 2022.

“A complex and ambitious scheme like this can only achieve its full potential through open, constructive dialogue and feedback representing as many different perspectives as possible, so if you’re as passionate about the Library and its long-term future as we are, please do contribute,” said British Library Chief Executive Roly Keating.

“Incorporating new, open facilities for learning and events and a landscaped courtyard, the development will be a welcoming and accessible space for all. It will include additional free study spaces with access to free Wifi for everyone, from school children and university students to local residents and researchers.

“A new community garden on Ossulston Street will continue the work started by the much-loved Story Garden and we are excited for the possibilities that the new development will offer to develop co-curated exhibitions and events in collaboration with people from the communities who live near the Library.

“Importantly, during a period of national economic recovery, the project will also create local jobs, both during and after construction, and the extension will allow us to expand our existing Business and IP Centre offer, providing vital business support for local start-ups and growing SMEs.”