Council invites residents to look at Merton from a different perspective

Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to see the heights of Merton from the roof of the civic centre, when Merton Council throws open its doors as part of the London Open House weekend (19 and 20 September).

There will be four tours between 10 and 4pm, taking visitors up 14 floors to the viewing platform, where they will be able to see the rooftops and green spaces of Merton. Visitors will also be spoiled with amazing views towards the capital including the Wembley arch, BT Tower, the London Eye, the Gherkin and Canary Wharf. The tours will also include visits to the Council Chamber where visitors will have the chance to see where the borough’s decision-making and political debate happen.

They will also have the chance to take a closer look at the four wind turbines that generate some of the council’s electricity. No booking is required but visitors are advised to arrive early to ensure they get a chance to see the view. Visitors should use the staff entrance at the rear of the building.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement, Councillor Henry Nelless said: ‘This is a wonderful and rare opportunity for residents and visitors to Merton to take a bird’s eye view of Merton from the roof of the civic centre and see some of the amazing sights across the borough and beyond.

“The tour around the council chamber may even encourage visitors and residents to come along to a council meeting one day and possibly get involved in our lively political debate.’

Residents interested in design and the built environment are also encouraged to have their say on the current draft Core Strategy consultation at http://www.merton.gov.uk/planning

For further information on buildings participating in Open House in Merton visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/londonopenhouse

For more information on other Open House events visit http://www.openhouse.org.uk

Notes

The tours for the civic centre will start at approximately 30-minute intervals between 10am and 3pm.

Residents and visitors can also visit several other Open House venues in Merton such as;

· 31b St Mary’s Road, SW19 7BP – one of Peter Foggo houses.

· 9 Parkside Avenue, SW19 5ES – Complex interlocking spaces with references to dramatic and hidden lighting spaces seen in Baroque Churches.

· Baitul Futuh Mosque, SM4 5PT – largest mosque in Europe

· Buddhapadipa Temple, SW19 5HJ – One of two Buddhist Thervada Temples in Thai style outside Asia,

· Morden Hall Park- a quadrangle built in c1886 around a cobbled courtyard including clock tower.

· Morden Park House – Grade II listed house fine 1770 house built for John Ewart in 1770, now the borough Registry Office.

· New Wimbledon Theatre, SW19 1QG – Edwardian theatre, with main auditorium in classic three tier-design.

· St Mary’s Church, SW19 3HJ – Grade II listed building built in 1115, associated with Nelson, The building has Norman features and William Morris glass.

· The Chapter House, SW19 2RD – Excavated remains of the Chapter House, of Merton Priory c1100-1200. The Chapter House was an important Augustinian foundation prior to its destruction in 1538 by Henry VIII.

· Wimbledon Windmill, SW19 5NR – Rare example of hollow post mill (1817)