a new chapter

The Exchange Project

The Exchange Project ‘A New Chapter’ has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund. This support will help us to further develop our plans to make the Old Library into a thriving creative community space. In the coming months, we will be testing out ideas for future programming, fully developing our business plan and updating our ideas for a second phase of capital works.

We are also fundraising for a further £300,000. This money will support a full application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £980,000 that we plan to submit in late 2019. To keep up to date with the project’s progress, please sign up to our mailing list.

The Exchange Project is a partnership project with London Borough of Bexley.

A first phase of works

In 2016, London Borough of Bexley secured £926,600 from the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund to repair and renew Erith’s Carnegie building. The council have also inputted over £900,000 to this first phase of works that will bring the lower ground floor of the building back into public use.

The design has been led by Robin Lee Architects and the work has been carried out by construction company Lengards overseen by Historic Buildings experts Donald Insall Associates.

The work has included complete replacement of the roof, installation of services at lower-ground level, dealing with major water ingress (repairs to windows, new / repaired guttering), and bringing historic spaces - like the Conversation Room -back into use. It also included the restoration of the iconic weathervane.