Open House 2010

Residents and visitors to the borough will have the opportunity to see the heights of Merton from the roof of the civic centre in Morden, when Merton Council throws open its doors as part of the London Open House weekend (18 and 19 September).

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

Architecture enthusiasts will be able to discover more design treasures up close as Merton opens the doors to twelve other buildings across the borough. No booking is required, but visitors are advised to arrive early to ensure they get to see their view.

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “This is a wonderful and rare opportunity for residents and visitors to Merton to take a bird’s eye view of the borough and see the inside of the council chamber. Last year over 130 visitors enjoyed going up on the roof. The tour around the chamber may even encourage visitors and residents to come along to a council meeting one day and possibly get involved in our energetic political debate.”

To find out more about the buildings participating in Open House weekend:


Notes to editors

The event takes place on the 18 & 19 September from 10-4pm
Open House is the capitals greatest architectural showcase.
Over 700 buildings, neighbourhood walks, architect talks, cycle tours and more.

Places open in the borough:

151 The Broadway

151 The Broadway SW19 1JQ

31b St Mary’s Road

31b St Mary’s Road SW19 7BP

78 Church Road

78 Church Road SW19 5AB

9 Parkside Avenue

9 Parkside Avenue SW19 5ES

Baitul Futuh Mosque

Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, 181 London Road, Morden SM4 5PT

Buddhapadipa Temple

14 Calonne Road SW19 5HJ

Merton Civic Centre

London Road, Morden SM4 5DX

Morden Hall Park

Meet Sat/Sun 2.30pm for tour outside stables, Morden Hall Park SM4 5JD

Morden Park House

London Road (behind Merton College), Morden SM4 5QU

St Lawrence Church

London Road, Morden SM4 5QT

St Mary’s Church, Merton Park

Church Path, Merton Park SW19 3HJ

The Chapter House, Merton Priory

Merton Abbey Mills, Merantun Way SW19 2RD

Wimbledon Windmill

Windmill Road SW19 5NR