Your chance to run Manor House Library

16 Aug 2016

The London Borough of Lewisham is looking for an organisation to take on the running of the Grade II listed Manor House library in Lee. This will provide a building, rent free, to an organisation willing to run the library and provide community benefit.


This is a terrific opportunity for a community focused organisation to operate a large building in south east London, and provide programmes, activities and community focused events of its own choosing. The Council is open to an array of different types of organisation as long as it provides community benefit, which will be assessed as a part of the tender process. A range of arts, fitness, meeting space, catering or business uses are all potential activities.


The three-storey building has a large amount of currently unused space as well as a small garden and car parking, offering potential for classes, events, workshops, catering facilities, or other community focused activities. The parkland is maintained by the Council’s parks management partner. 


It is fully accessible and currently houses a well-used library and a children’s centre as a rent-paying tenant, with tenure until April 2017.  


The building is offered rent free and without any management fee payable.  There is potential to undertake either a building management agreement or a full repairing lease on the building. Length of lease or agreement will be negotiable. 


Next steps

Full tender documentation will be released shortly and an expression of interest process will be run during the early autumn 2016.  


Basic venue details are available here.


In the first instance, for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit to see the library space, please contact Nick Williams, independent consultant, on 07788578066 or


Expressions of interests can be made via the form by Monday 12 September 2016, 12 noon.