LB Hammersmith & Fulham has agreed to move the Bush Theatre into a new home in the former Shepherds Bush Library as part of their plans to egenerate Shepherds Bush Market.
The Bush Theatre has been occupying space above O’Neill’s on Shepherds Bush Green for many years. The old library building on Uxbridge Road has been underused since Hammersmith & Fulham Council moved its library services to a brand new facility at Westfield in September 2009.
Now the council’s Cabinet has agreed a deal which will see the Bush takeover the old library building. The Bush Theatre is already well acquainted with the old library, having used it as a script library since September 2009. The Bush is launching a capital campaign to fund the move and renovation costs, with the new building opening its doors in 2011.
The move is part of an overall vision for the Shepherds Bush Market area, which is the subject of a recently agreed planning framework, and, says the Council, will be the heart of a new “cultural quarter”.
Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey – who previously sat on the theatre’s board – said: “This is brilliant news, I’m over the moon that the Bush Theatre has a new home, and most importantly that it will remain right in the heart of the local community. This decision marks the end of years of hard work by all the team at the Bush who have campaigned so determinedly to secure a bright future for the Theatre they love. I look forward to celebrating with them soon.”
Developers Orion Shepherds Bush Ltd (OSBL) have recently come forward and expressed an interest in developing the market area. OSBL consider the relocation of the Bush Theatre into the former Shepherds Bush library as an important and integral part of the overall regeneration vision for the market. OSBL will be present at a public meeting held by LB Hammersmith & Fulham on Wednesday, December 1 at the former Shepherds Bush Library building to discuss planning policy for Shepherds Bush Market and the surrounding area.