The London Borough of Merton is on the hunt for a multidisciplinary design team for a £4 million overhaul of the Canons in Mitcham
The project will restore the historic 7.9 hectare green space and regenerate the disused Grade II*-listed Canons House.
Planned improvements to the park include landscaping works, new play equipment, new walkways and a restored pond, dovecote and running track.
Canons House will meanwhile be brought back into public use as a community facility featuring a glazed link to the nearby Madeira Hall which will host a café and toilets.
First documented in 1107, the Canons was originally part of an Augustinian Priory and the land was later granted to John Cranmer in 1680.
The four-storey Canons house – constructed in 1681 by John Odway – was extended in the 18th century and was purchased by the council in 1929.
The park also includes a Grade II-listed obelisk and dovecote which dates back to 1511 and is the oldest building in Mitcham.
Other landmarks nearby include Mitcham Cricket Green (pictured) where the sport has been played since the early 18th century – making it one of the oldest cricket greens in the world.
According to the brief: ‘The overall vision for the Canons is to create an attractive, well maintained and well utilised open space, providing a range of activities for local residents and visitors along with an improved natural and historic environment. This project will restore Canons House and bring it back into community use.
‘This will meet the needs of the local community which values its local heritage but would like to see it made more accessible and have the opportunity to be more involved. Restoration of Canons House and Canons grounds will complement and support the regeneration of the town centre and promote economic growth in the Mitcham area.’
The winner of the estimated £165,000 contract will develop plans up to RIBA Stage 4 and draw up a round 2 application for ‘Parks for People’ funding.
The appointed landscape architect-led team will be expected to feature an architect, conservation architect, historic landscape adviser, structural engineer, quantity surveyor, archaeologist and ecologist.
Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 20 December.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
London Borough of Merton
Tel: 07912 517199