9 August 2018

Cricklewood Library

Chronicle Heights

The library will be a valued new community facility for Cricklewood. 

We fully support the Library at Cricklewood and we are pleased to help to create it. We believe it will be a prized facility for the local community and we look forward to it opening. 

Why is Octavia involved? 

The library is part of a development which also includes six new homes. The developer was having a number of problems and Octavia agreed to take on the project and complete the works. We did this with a view to providing more shared ownership housing for the area and securing the future of the library. 

Why has the project taken time to complete? 

We took on the scheme in late 2016 and have been working with contractors to complete works on the entire development, which includes the library. Unfortunately there were a number of significant and unexpected legacy issues from the developer, which we have had to overcome. 

The works have been complex and there are several parties involved in the project, including the original owners of the land who are The Warden and College of the Souls of All Faithful People Deceased in the University of Oxford.

We have now completed all the works and the The Warden and College of the Souls of All Faithful People Deceased in the University of Oxford have quality checked the works and signed off the building, on the understanding that some minor matters will be dealt with by the end of September. As soon as the lease agreements are in place, we will be able to hand over to Cricklewood Library and their partners, so they can take on the space. 

Why is it all taking so long?

As the original land owners, The Warden and College of the Souls of All Faithful People Deceased in the University of Oxford have to lease the space to the library (as per the original legal agreement we took on at the start of our involvement).

Completion of the leases is now dependent on the legal process. The status currently is that we are waiting for The Warden and College of the Souls of All Faithful People Deceased in the University of Oxford to respond. The Friends of Cricklewood Library are also seeking planning permissions on some added features.

Once the leases are completed, and only then, are we able to legally allow occupation of the Library space.  There are still some works we want to complete which are minor aesthetic issues but this will not hold the process up. 

Octavia’s support for the Library 

We fully support the Library and as well as sorting out the construction issues we have provided a donation to help fund a coffee shop for the library.

*Update on Cricklewood Library 05/10/18*

We are pleased to say that all building work at the library has now been completed.

All that remains, in order for Cricklewood Library and their partners to take over the space, is for the lease agreements to be in place. This is in the hands of solicitors and we have been informed that the process is nearing completion.

In the meantime, we are pleased to be providing the library with our continued support, including supporting the holding of a fundraising  event in the building on November 4.