V22 is Announced the Successful Bidder for Orpington Priory and Library
Thursday 24 November 2016 V22 Orpington
V22 is delighted to have been successful in the tender process to become the new guardian of Orpington Priory. We recognise that the Priory and adjoining library are important buildings in Orpington; not only architecturally and historically, but their position close to the town centre creates a special opportunity for the buildings to once again become an important part of the civic life of the area and wider London.
The 125 year lease which we are entering into not only means that we can plan long term to create something of real value to the community and our artists, but also that we can offer sustainable and affordable workspace for artists and creative practitioners at a time when London is losing a great deal of its provision.
We hope to open the first artists’ studios in the old library building during the summer of 2017, although there is still building work to be done before that can happen. For the Priory itself, our first actions must be in line with English Heritage’s aspirations for the building as well as those of local conservation officers. We look forward to understanding more of the heritage of this fascinating building and working toward restoring it and reopening it to the public.
We are at the early stages of development but if anyone would like to be in touch, or to join our mailing list for future updates, please email us at email@example.com
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