The plans being proposed would redevelop Gateway House and, the council hopes, provide a new vision to revive Finchley Central. The developer – the Pears Family Trust – expects to submit a planning application in April to convert the bulk of Gateway House as residential, with a library across the bottom two floors.
If planning permission is granted, the new library would cover 800 sqm and would see facilities for adults, children and teens plus a café, study spaces, meeting and activity spaces. The proposed new library could open its doors to the public as early as 2015.
The existing library at Church End would remain open until the new library is ready. A range of options are currently being considered for the building.