27 February 2018: 7:19 pm
Shopping arcade shortlisted for RIBA prize
A refurbished shopping parade on London Road in Morden was shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Journal's MacEwen Award.
Morden Court Parade, a historic art-deco building marking the gateway to Morden town centre was designed by Jan Kattein Architects for Merton Council on a £700,000 budget as part of its Morden Retail Gateway scheme, to improve the area’s shopping experience.
Kattein said: 'The success of the project is largely due to the joint effort that everybody put in; council officers, stakeholders, building owners and shop owners.
'High streets are not just places to shop, they are places where people live, work, meet friends and engage in cultural activity, they are the heart and soul of local communities.
'The McEwen Award short-listing recognises just that, projects that have the power to instil a sense of civic pride, architecture for the common good.'