Grand designs

‘Contemporary’, ‘modern’ and ‘a great design’ were some of the words used to describe number 82 Arthur Road – the winner of Merton Design Awards 2000/2001.

Merton Council runs a Design Award Scheme every two years, to recognise high quality development schemes that have been completed within the London Borough of Merton.

Residents were invited to nominate any development schemes, large or small, that took place in the borough in the years 2000 or 2001. Nominated schemes could include new buildings, adaptations, restorations, extensions, landscaping schemes or works carried out in a public street. A panel of judges visited the nominated schemes and declared 82 Arthur Road the award winner for 2000 and 2001.

Number 82 Arthur Road is a new house based in a conservation area. The owner/architects of the property, Mr and Mrs Pawson, were awarded a metal plaque by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Maxi Martin, in a presentation ceremony this week. Morden Park House, where the council’s registry office is based, was commended for reaching a high design standard following restoration and refurbishment work.

Councillor Russell Makin, Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “We run the Design Award scheme to encourage well designed developments, and to give them public recognition. By doing this we hope to encourage an improvement in the overall standard of design of all development proposals in the Borough.

“82 Arthur Road won the award because of the contemporary and modern design that still managed to blend in so well in a conservation area.”

Merton Council is now welcoming nominations for Merton Design Awards 2002 and 2003. To nominate a development scheme contact Phil Ryder on 020 8545 3074, or write to Phil Ryder, Plans and Projects Section, London borough of Merton, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX by the end of April 2004.

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Notes to Editors

The following developments have won the Merton Design Award in previous years.
· Alterations to an existing house at 54a the Ridgway SW19 (1998/99)
· New Sports Hall building at Kings College School, Southside SW19 (1994/95)
· Extension of a Listed Building at 100 Wimbledon Hill Rd SW19 (1992/93)
· Restoration of the Listed Building at Mary Tate Almshouses at the Cricket Green Mitcham (1990/91).