Kensington Central Library WorksRefurbishment - Workmen

Funding to carry out essential structural repairs to the fabric of Kensington Central Library was recently approved by the Royal Borough.
Built in the 1960s, the library’s mechanical and electrical systems have exceeded their life expectancy and a major overhaul is now required. Details include modernising the electrics, installing a new energy-efficient ventilation system, new hot and cold water systems, new rainwater services and refurbishing the lifts. Essential repairs to the roof will also be carried out.

A total of £5.8m has been earmarked for the project which will ensure that the building can continue to meet the needs of the community for at least the next twenty years. The works will create improved office facilities for library staff and also turn underused parts into further offices, unlocking the potential for renting much needed office space to the local business community.Genius by William McMillan

Kensington Central Library renovation update

What’s happening now

  •  The main renovation work started in January 2014 and will last for 12 months
  • The disabled parking bay behind the library is not available. Disabled parking is available in the following locations:
    - Argyll Road - junction with Kensington High Street
    - Phillimore Walk – junction with Argyll Road
    - Hornton Street (limited parking times)
    - Town Hall car park (charges apply)

Minimum disruption

Due to the scale of the repairs there may be some disruption to library services. The Council is committed to keeping this to an absolute minimum and any disruption will be publicised well in advance.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. Please ask a member of staff for more information or email

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