Designed to Delight

Merton Council is seeking nominations for the sixth Merton Design Award 2002.

The award gives recognition to new developments that have been completed in the Borough between January 2000 and December 2001 and have contributed to the quality and appearance of the local environment.

The Merton Design Award covers buildings and developments that can be seen from the street or from other public places. It is intended to increase awareness of the importance of good design, encouraging a higher quality of building in years to come.

Su Assinen, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “A well designed development will recognise the qualities and characteristics of the area in which it is set, and will be designed in such a way as to complement them. They should be laid out in a clearly defined way making them user friendly and readily accessible to all sections of the community.

“If you know of any developments in your street, or elsewhere in Merton, which you think have contributed to a better environment please let us know.”

A wide variety development may be nominated, including:

· New building schemes
· Conversion or rehabilitation of existing buildings
· Landscaping schemes
· Small schemes (minor extensions or alterations to existing buildings)

Anyone wishing to nominate a well designed development please do so by the end of April. Telephone Phil Ryder on 020 8545 3074, or write to:

Director of Environmental Services,
Merton Local Design Award,
Merton Civic Centre,
London Rd, Morden,
Surrey SM4 5DX,

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Previous years Awards winners, photos available:

1. The Mary Tate Almshouses at the Cricket Green, Mitcham for the careful restoration of this Listed Building (for the period 1990 -1991).

2. The White House, 100 Wimbledon Hill Rd, SW19, for the carefully designed extension of that Listed Building (for the period 1992 – 1993).

3. The New Sports Hall at Kings College School, Southside Common, SW19 (for the period 1994 – 1995)

4. In 1996/97 no Award was made, though several schemes received commendations.

5. The substantial alteration of a house at 54a the Ridgway SW19 (for the period 1998/99).