The story of Southmere is starting an exciting new chapter as the details of the stunning new library have been revealed, creating lots of new opportunities for local people.

Known as The NEST, the striking building on the shore of Southmere Lake is one of the most eye-catching features of Peabody’s plans for the area that will also see 500 new homes alongside the purpose-built public square with shops, cafés and resident facilities.

The three storey NEST will form the focal point for civic activity with the ground floor occupied by Bexley Library Serves. The Peabody Communities team will have a base on the Mezzanine and first floor - you can contact them at [email protected]. The team will manage the building and provide a range of services to support resident wellbeing, community participation as well as access to wider opportunities covering areas such as
employment and training.

Paula Hines, Peabody’s Socio-Economic Regeneration Head of Region, said: “The great thing about the NEST is that it will provide a fantastic variety of spaces ripe for all sorts of community activity; from quiet places for reading, work and study to dynamic spaces suited for celebrations, physical and creative activities and events for all ages. “Overlooking Southmere Lake you can really see the area come together and get a sense of how exciting it will look when the whole development is completed in 2022 with so many new amenities for existing and new residents."

The first phase of 47 one, two and three bedroom apartments are about to be launched, with homes available through the London Help to Buy scheme. Southmere Lake itself, which already features the Lakeside Centre - home to 40 artists, is currently being revitalised with a £2.5 million investment by Peabody.

This has seen the lake cleaned up to attract a more diverse range of wildlife and new fishing platforms installed which will soon be followed by a boat club, offering paddle boarding and kayaking.

We'll be providing more updates on The NEST and other exciting developments happening at Southmere as things progress, so keep an out for further details.