Connecting Colliers Wood London

Connecting Colliers Wood London

With Merton Council, Gort Scott are working on a project to improve the public realm on the banks of the Wandle in Colliers Wood. 

Client: London Borough of Merton
Project Status: Completed


NLA Public Spaces 2018, Commendation

Colliers Wood High Street was originally a Roman Road that has become a major arterial road into London dominating the area, obscuring the rich cultural history and natural assets of the Wandle Park and RIver Wandle. Large, out-of-town retail developments with no street frontage have made the high street fragmented and inhospitable. 

Our proposals include better streetscapes, strategic interventions, landscaping and working with Transport for London to rebalance road-use in favour of pedestrians and cyclists. Local residents are proud of the rich cultural history of Colliers Wood including the Art & Crafts heritage of William Morris and William de Morgan (who both had workshops along this stretch of the Wandle), the charcoal burning of the Colliers and the riverine environment of the Wandle Valley. We have referenced these in the proposals, materials and landscaping.

The project partners include the Merton Council, Transport for London and the GLA as well as the Environment Agency and local landowners and stakeholders.

The budget of £1.6m for our portion of work is spread across four key sites: the area around Colliers Wood Station, a park entrance, a new public space at a second park entrance and a riverfront walk.

Gort Scott
55 Leroy Street
London SE1 4SN

T +44 (0)20 7254 6294

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