Grade II listed
Poplar Library was built in 1904, designed by Squire, Meyers & Petch in the Beaux Arts style. The library closed in 1990, and subsequently fell into disrepair, prompting its inclusion on the "Buildings at Risk" register.
Old Poplar Library with its strong stone facades and fascinating interiors will convey a sense of history to all those who work there. Set behind listed facades, it represents the first phase of an exciting regeneration project for the area that includes the water front of the River Lea.
Destined to become a focus for business and living, Old Poplar Library features serviced offices and live-work units. Leaside Regeneration is developing the project, funded by the European Union and by HOLTOP, an organisation dedicated to saving historic buildings that are under threat because of a lack of investment. Leaside Regeneration has over £20 million of EU funding available for projects in the area, so this marks the beginning of many years of improvements.