Swiss Cottage Library closed as burst water pipe leads to ‘considerable’ flooding

11:06 31 January 2014

Librarians at Swiss Cottage Library in Avenue Road were forced to turn people away after a burst water pipe flooded its basement

Librarians at Swiss Cottage Library in Avenue Road were forced to turn people away after a burst water pipe flooded its basement


Swiss Cottage Library has been forced to close after a burst pipe saw a “considerable volume” of water flood into the building’s basement.

Contractors and council workers were working flat out all of yesterday and this morning to pump out the water and say it will likely take all weekend to fix.

Power and heating have had to be cut with the library reopening at the earliest on Monday.

A statement from the council said: “Colleagues across the council have been working throughout the day with contractors to understand the situation and to plan to reopen the library as quickly as possible.

“The flooding was caused by a burst water main outside of the library.

“The volume of water which entered the basement of the library was considerable and whilst no library stock was affected, the basement needs to be pumped out, dried and all electrical systems will need to be checked before it will be safe to restore power and heating to the building.

“It will take several days to complete this process and assess what work is needed to make the building safe for use.”


Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 18:30
The Dorchester Hotel in London was just one of several five-star hotels targeted by the pair

A Hampstead pensioner who went on a drink-fuelled spree of unpaid fine dining in some of London’s most luxurious hotels was only caught because he left his spectacles behind, a court heard.

Yesterday, 15:00
Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child visits Highgate Pre-Preparatory School. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The author of popular children’s book series Charlie and Lola signed books and gave an assembly for young pupils.

Yesterday, 13:44
The LA Fitness gym in Highgate Road, Kentish Town

A petition has been launched to save a Kentish Town swimming pool threatened with closure because a gym is changing hands.

Yesterday, 10:49
The suspected brothel is in Lyme Street

Three women have been arrested at a suspected brothel in Camden Town following complaints from residents.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder