The beautiful but slightly tired and forgotten Sidcup Manor House is set to have a huge makeover following a meeting on 9th April at Bexley Council goes as planned.
The Grade 2 listed property will receive a multi-million pound investment to become a boutique spa hotel with 42 bedrooms, a pool, treatment rooms, two restaurants, two bars and a function room. A preferred partner has been identified and during this meeting, final approval was given to the scheme.
It is all part of a plan by Bexley Council to regenerate Sidcup Town Centre.
As well as the plans for the Manor House (which used to act as a Registry Office until 2016), they also plan to regenerate the old Blockbuster store on the corner of Elm Road into a Library and Cinema.
Plans are afoot to demolish this and the neighbouring building to make way for a High St library and a small cinema with 2-4 screens. The council potentially plans to work with the Really Local Group Ltd who is working on similar schemes in Catford and Hayes.
This step will mean the closure of the current library site (the 3rd most visited within Bexley) which will be replaced by a residential development; going some way to fund this regeneration project.
“The plans for Sidcup’s brilliant library to have a brilliant new home are fully on track,” said Councillor Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Places. “Offering all it does now and more, with the ability to open longer and into the evening to give more people the opportunity to use the library at a time that suits them in a modern, state-of-the-art home fit for the 2020s and beyond, is great news for the library, for library users and for Sidcup as a whole.”
The proposed timeline suggests that work could start imminently and be complete by the middle of 2021.
In Our Backyard will keep you updated on progress with this project.