One of Kingston’s libraries has unveiled a brand new extension providing extra space for a variety of community activities.

The Tudor Drive Library extension, unveiled on Friday, October 20, will house a record of the nearby Hawker aircraft factory site on Richmond Road and the rich history of Latchmere House, which has served as a private house, a WW1 hospital, a WW2 detention centre and a prison.

Funded by the Richmond Chase Development, the extension is a partnership project Kingston Council, Berkeley Homes and the Kingston Aviation Centenary Project.

Tony Pidgley CBE, chairman of the Berkeley Group said: “Our libraries are places of contact, community and pride.

“This isn’t just a place to learn. It’s a place for everyone.

“Yoga groups, knitting groups, toddler groups and local meetings.

“This library extension is a product of true partnership and I want to thank everyone involved for working with us to make it happen.”

Councillor David Cunningham, cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration at Kingston Council, said he was “delighted” with the extension of the library, which he described as a “hugely-valued community hub”.