New partnership, new destination for Holborn


We’re delighted to have been selected by Camden Council as their partner for a new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project to redevelop Holborn Library and Cockpit Yard, creating a new destination for Holborn.

Located on Theobald’s Road within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area, the one-acre site is currently occupied by a public library and Cockpit Arts - an award winning social enterprise and creative business incubator for designer-makers.

Plans for Holborn Library and Cockpit Yard have been designed by the highly acclaimed Coffey Architects, the same architects who designed our RIBA Award shortlisted new head office. The redevelopment will provide brand new employment studio spaces, a fully remodelled library and local studies archive facility, and new public spaces so that this becomes a busy, creative hub for the community. 105 new homes including new affordable units will also form part of the development.

The nature of this PPP project means that the brand new library and arts space at Cockpit Yard will be delivered at no cost to the public purse, funded by the sales of the private residential units.

Holborn will be the second public library that U+I has developed following on from Clapham One, a PPP project that delivered an award-winning library and sports centre on Clapham High Street alongside 136 high quality new homes. The development won multiple awards including Development of the Year, Best Masterplan and Best Mixed Use Development and the iconic Library Building, designed by Studio Egret West, is now a central part of the community in that part of South London.  

With our sterling track record for delivering award-winning PPP projects, we’re looking forward to working with Camden Council to unlock the full economic, social and cultural potential of this site.