In 1988 USM was invited to revive the picturesque but derelict Arts and Crafts buildings of the Liberty printworks on the River Wandle near Wimbledon. In 1989 it opened as a shopping village with twenty craft workshops, a 200 stall weekend craft market, antique market, 150-car Saturday bootsale, riverside pub, restaurants, studios, museum and theatre. By 1991, Merton Abbey Mills had become the Borough of Merton’s most significant all-year tourist attraction, with over 500,000 annual visits.
|Project dates||1988 - 2005|
|Uses||Market, shops, A3, offices, studios, theatre and museums|
|Area||30,000sq.ft (built space)|
|Major initial tenants||Gourmet Pizza, Regents Inns|
|Highlights||Abbeyfest Summer Arts Festival, Blues Festival, Colourhouse Children's Theatre, Wandle Valley Festival, working water wheel|
|Partnerships||J Sainsbury PLC, Countryside Properties PLC, Wandle Heritage Trust, London Borough of Merton|