Meridian Water is Enfield Council’s flagship regeneration programme that will deliver 10,000 homes and thousands of jobs. Enfield Council is taking a pioneering role, leading the development, acting as Master Developer. The Council has acquired 35.5 hectares of land within the site to date in order to drive forward the development.
Meridian Water will be guided by three pillars of placemaking:
- Mixing uses and animating streets
- Park life on your doorstep
- Your place to make and create
Meridian Water will be seeing the development of a new station ‘Meridian Water Station’, which is part of the wider £170m Lee Valley Rail Programme. The station is set to open on 19th May 2019 and will take up to four million passengers per year directly south to Stratford, with onward connections to Liverpool Street, City Airport and Heathrow, and north to Stansted and Cambridge. Construction is progressing well, delivery of the station is on time and on budget
The Council has submitted a bid in December for £156M of the MHCLG Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF). The bid is seeking funding for strategic infrastructure in Meridian Water to unlock the site for housing development. If successful, the funding will provide infrastructure required for the 10,000 new homes in Meridian Water.
If funding is successfully secured by the Council a period of preparatory works will start, including design and planning work and procurement. It is envisaged that the first works on site will start in 2020 and that the construction period will last up to 4 years.
Procurement of a development partner for Meridian One is progressing. Tenders are returned on in February and the Council is expecting to enter into contract during the summer, subject to Cabinet approval. The Council has shortlisted the following four developers and housing associations who are expected to submit a tender: Galliford Try, L&Q, Peabody, Redrow
Meridian One will see the first 725 homes built at Willoughby Lane, alongside new public squares, community, retail and leisure facilities. Outline planning consent is already in place, with enabling works having already started in January 2017.
The Council is seeking to provide a large amount of floorspace for employment uses. The ambition is to secure two thirds of ground floor space as non-residential space, his is likely to be a mix of retail, community and workspace. This will go towards meeting jobs targets as well as providing a mixed-use environment to animate the streets and create a place.
The Council is progressing with its major meanwhile project Meridian Works, with support from the GLA. This will see the refurbishment and extension of a building in the site to provide a state-of-the-art makerspace. The Council is working with Building BloQs, a local business which provides space and equipment for makers and creatives. They provide a range of equipment, from saws and lathes to laser cutters to enable small creative businesses to grow.
Programme Director Meridian Water – Peter George