Plumstead library is set to be transformed into a leisure, cultural and sports centre after ambitious plans were approved by Greenwich Council.

The building will maintain its current status as a library but will now be a multi-functional building that provides sports and other leisure facilities for the town.

The Grade II listed building, built in 1906, will receive a complete overhaul on the inside, with the non-listed rear extension being demolished for the sports facilities.

These include a sports hall, a gym, badminton court, café, as well as even more space for the existing library to expand.

Greenwich Council approved the plans on December 5 and they form part of an overall aim to regenerate the town of Plumstead.

Work on the site is expected to begin in spring 2018 and be completed by autumn 2019.

Jack Penford Baker, project architect for Hawkins Brown, said: “The combination of a sensitive refurbishment of the listed building and a high quality contemporary extension to the rear will provide a space for all in the community, and re-activate the library as a beacon for Plumstead.”

Councillor Danny Thorpe, deputy leader for Greenwich Council, said: “This is a substantial milestone for the project which is going to be at the heart of our longer term aim of revitalising the High Street and regenerating the area under the Plumstead Urban Framework.”

“The design incorporates the historic features of the Grade II Listed library into a new complex which combines library, leisure and cultural facilities.

“It was developed after consultation with local residents about what they wanted from the new facility as well as discussions with stakeholders.”