Peabody has submitted a planning application to the London Borough of Bexley for a new civic building in Thamesmead.

The civic building includes a new library which will be managed by the London Borough of Bexley. The library will be situated on the ground floor. The mezzanine and first floor will be managed by the Peabody Community Foundation. They will provide a range of community services and activities for local residents as well as flexible community spaces for fitness, leisure and event hire.

The civic building is part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone where Peabody has outline planning permission for 1,600 new homes, including detailed consent for 525 homes at Southmere. Peabody is currently onsite working with Durkan to deliver the first phase of this new mixed-use development which alongside new homes will provide local commercial/retail opportunities. The homes will be a mix of one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses and around 230 of these will be affordable.

Paula Hines, Head of Thamesmead Socio-Economic Regeneration at Peabody said: "It will be great to have a high-quality flexible space that is conveniently located for residents, where a diverse range of programmes and activities can be offered. The ability to offer employment, training and enterprise support and a variety of health and wellbeing classes under the one roof is very exciting."

Run by Peabody, the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Institute for British Architects, there was an international competition held to design the library. The winner, Bisset Adams, was announced in November last year. The design was favoured the most by the local community and is based on a swan’s nest - drawing its influence from the swans on the nearby Southmere Lake.

It is hoped that a planning decision will be reached before the end of this year.