Wright & Wright's Lambeth Palace Library & Archive granted planning consent

Wright & Wright Architects’ design for a library and archive building at Lambeth Palace in London has achieved planning consent. The first new building on the site for almost two hundred years, it will be located on the south bank of the River Thames opposite the Palace of Westminster, and will take the form of an ‘occupied wall’, rising to create a nine-storey tower, a sensitive addition which will animate the skyline of Lambeth Palace. The design rationale is to elevate the precious collection – originally established by Archbishop Bancroft in 1610 – protecting it from any potential risk of flooding. The building will also screen the garden from noise and pollution from traffic using Lambeth Palace Road.

The scheme comprises a double-height entrance hall containing the reception and display area which will enable the collections to be displayed to the public, as well as an Upper Room designated for seminars and other functions. This sits centrally between two wings of four and five storey archives. The design also incorporates a conservation studio, seminar and teaching rooms, a ground floor Reading Room and staff offices on the ground and first floors, all of which overlook the garden.