V22 Manor House
V22 is delighted to have been successful in the tender process to become the new custodian of Manor House in Lee, South London. We recognise that this is an important civic building for Lewisham, not only architecturally and historically, but also as a cornerstone for the local community. Manor House will be reopened as a community library, with emphasis placed upon continuing to serve the local area while careful consideration is given to the needs of local residents, families and groups.
Many libraries have been closed or depleted across the country amid devastating cuts in previous years. V22 wishes to return the library at Manor House to a full service, and to build on many of the services previously offered, including events for children, facilities for jobseekers and activities for pensioners, as well as to renew the IT infrastructure and introduce digital literacy workshops.
The London Borough of Lewisham’s library service will continue to provide advice, training and access to books from its own collections and the London Libraries Consortium. Under-utilised spaces upstairs will be let as studios, offices and deskspace to generate income for the building, providing opportunities for local creatives, freelancers and entrepreneurs.
There will be a mixture of self-contained offices and studios (please note that the listed building status makes it impossible for messy studios) and shared deskspace, access to the library and neighbouring gardens, and the opportunity to hire a dedicated Showroom or Meeting room at V22 Shoreditch.
This is a unique opportunity to have workspace in a beautiful Grade II listed building and to support the community of South East London to keep alive their library services.