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Connecting Colliers Wood

Regenerating the town centre

Colliers Wood has a lot to be proud about, it’s just that the jewels in Colliers Wood's crown aren’t that easy to see or get to from the town centre. Merton Council is working in partnership with TfL and the Mayor of London to take forward our Connecting Colliers Wood project.

We’ll be working on making it easier for residents and visitors to the area to walk from the tube station to the beautiful Wandle Regional Park and historical sites such as Merton Priory.

Connecting Colliers Wood will also improve links between the town centre and its industrial heritage at Merton Abbey Mills where you’ll discover the buildings which housed Arthur Liberty’s dyeing and fabric printing works.

Latest news

February 2017

Connecting Colliers Wood Project – nearing completion

Baltic Close

The new, shared surface street had an official opening event in September 2016 and is proving to be a well-used space.  It provides a high quality, attractive main entrance to Wandle Park, that was once obscured by uncontrolled parking on an unmade road.

It now has high quality materials including wood-block paving; bespoke benches and pergola; disabled parking and servicing; tree planting and new street lighting.  There are also new bin-stores for flats and businesses; cycle parking and new railings for the Charles Holden Pub garden.  Pub seating extends into part of the street and there are new boundary walls and piers to the Park entrance.

Wandle Park

The new wall to the High Street frontage has recently been completed to the same style as Baltic Close.  It maintains a clear boundary to the park, but with more open views into it.  The new frontage includes planting, wood-block paving and bespoke wooden seating; and the small parking area has been tidied up.  

Inside the park a new path has been laid from the new and existing entrances into the park, leading to the memorial and a new path has been laid between the river Wandle and wetland area, creating a larger circular walking route within the park.  The existing jogging path has also been restored and upgraded.

River Wandle

Along the River Wandle, between the High Street and Station Road the footpath has been resurfaced, LED lights installed throughout and new river landings created with bespoke seating.  Outside the entrance to Sainsbury’s a new seating area has also been laid out with bespoke benches, retaining wall and wood-block paving.

High Street

Along the High Street between the Tube Station and Sainsbury’s TfL recently inplemented a major enhancement to the road layout, creating better facilities for cyclists, wider pavements, reduced crossings, a wide crossing outside the station to Baltic Close, and an upgrade in paving surfaces.  The council has also installed bespoke lighting on the riverside and is installing new street lighting along the rest of Merton High Street to Haydon’s Road.

Local Distinctiveness

The bespoke designs for the project have been inspired by local industrial history and to reflect and reinforce the character and local distinctiveness of the area:

  • Benches are made from solid Oak and are etched with designs from William Morris printing blocks from his works near Abbey Mills.
  • Wooden setts are charred timber, part of the process of charcoal making, from which Colliers Wood gets its name.
  • Glazed tiles on the piers and topping the low walls are a reference to William Morris’ Lustreware ceramic works, once located in Wandle Park.

Other Projects

There are a number of other developments ongoing in Colliers Wood that are contributing to its transformation towards a place with a more focussed and positive character.  Some of these were outlined in the November 2015 newsletter (see below).

  • The new Library building is now well under construction and will provide enhanced facilities for the area at the former Cavendish House, 105-109 High Street.
  • The remaining part of the Tandem Centre is now under construction and will provide a gateway to the area from the south at 118-120 Christchurch Road.
  • The former builders yard at 191-193 Western Road is now nearing completion as mews houses and flats.
  • Redevelopment of the former Provenance/Red Lion PH at 60-62 High Street is now well under way to transform it into flats at the rear and a new retail unit fronting the high street.
  • Planning permission has been granted for a mixed use development of flats and workspace at 52-54 Wandle Bank, with construction yet to start.
  • The council is also engaged with a number of local businesses as part of its programme to improve shop-fronts, looking to continue its success in Mitcham and Morden.

December 2015

The statutory consultation for pedestrianising Baltic Close ended on30th October. A number of representations were received by residents. These representations along with officer's recommendations were reported to the Cabinet Member for a final decision.

All comments have been considered and some amendments have been made to the proposed layout of Baltic Close. The street will now include two disabled parking bays. Residents of Oslo Court will also be able to park in the more convenient CW Controlled parking Zone, (excluding Valley Gardens, North Gardens and South Gardens) rather than CW1 as originally proposed.

A plan of the CW Controlled Parking Zone can be viewed by going to the Controlled parking zones in Colliers Wood page

A separate statutory consultation will be carried out to make the appropriate amendment to the existing order.

The pedestrianisation was formally approved by Councillor Andrew Judge, the Cabinet Member for Environmental Sustainability and Regeneration, on 26th November 2015. The decision, full report plan and latest Newsletter can be viewed below:

Baltic Close Pedestrianisation - Decision

Baltic Close Pedestrianisation - Report

Baltic Close Pedestrianisation - Plan

Colliers Wood Newsletter December 2015

The initial site compound set-up, road de-clutter and construction setting out will start during the week commencing 4th January 2016 and parking and access will not be permitted during this time.

The construction of the new footway and carriageway will be carried out in sections starting at the park entrance. this will be completed by the middle of March, when the final installation of street features including cycle stands, planting and seating will take place, being completed by 31st March 2016.

A temporary parking restriction will be put in place starting on 4th January 2016 that will prohibit access and parking. The Traffic Management Order of the pedestrianisation of Baltic Close will also come into effect on4th January.

November 2015

Colliers Wood Newsletter - November 2015

October 2015

Since February a lot of work has been taking place on the Connecting Colliers Wood project.

Transport for London have been undertaking work outside the tube station and at the junction with Priory Road.  This work is essentially now complete.

We have already started work on Merton High Street. We will also soon be progressing further planned improvements to the entrance to Wandle Park and along the River Wandle by Sainsbury’s.

Baltic Close has now been adopted by the council from private ownership.  This means that we can now undertake consultation on the design details to turn this street into a pedestrianised ‘homezone’.

Have your say on pedestrianising Baltic Close by 30 October 2015

The plan for Baltic Close is to create a new urban space away from the noisy High Street, with new trees, landscaping, William Morris benches and high quality materials.

In creating this "homezone", Baltic Close would be for pedestrians only.

It is proposed to allow local residents who have previously parked in Baltic Close to park in Wandle Bank, which is a short walk away.

We are particularly mindful of the needs of our vulnerable residents and we are therefore asking all blue badge holders who own a vehicle that is registered to Baltic Close to contact us as soon as possible,  by the earlier date of 16 October 2015, so we can consider the provision of disabled parking bays

We would like to hear what you think of pedestrianising Baltic Close by emailing by 30 October 2015

Find out more

February 2015

When you're in Colliers Wood centre next summer you will be pleasantly surprised. Merton Council has been working with partners including Transport for London and Criterion Capital to deliver a package of public realm improvements partly funded by the Mayor of London's Regeneration fund which will create a new public space at the heart of Colliers Wood.

The programme was developed over the past 18 months including two public consultations and community design workshops. The results of these are now taking shape.

Merton Council has started work on Merton High Street with new paving, street lighting and upgrade of the railings alongside the river Wandle in front of Sainsbury's / Marks and Spencers. Improvements to the entrance to Wandle Bank and the access into Priory Retail Park are also planned.

From 19 January 2015 Transport for London have begun delivering their work package on the A24 road and Christchurch Road around the Tower.

The majority of the project elements will be completed by July 2015. Some of the finishing off works will be delivered as part of the completion of the Colliers Wood tower development in 2016.

Features including a pedestrian priority "homezone" in Baltic Close and upgraded park entrances along Wandle Park boundary. The design includes touches of Colliers Wood's heritage, helping to give an identity to the area and improvements to walking and cycling in the area.

See also: Colliers Wood regeneration newsletter.

March 2014

The Connecting Colliers Wood Progress Report March 2014 shows artist impressions of how the area will improve. Merton Council and Transport for London would like to thank everyone who responded to the Connecting Colliers Wood public consultation.

Contact us

London Borough of Merton
12th floor Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3837
Fax: 020 8545 4160

This page was last updated on Friday 17 February 2017

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