Meridian Water is Enfield Council’s £6bn 25-year regeneration project which will create 10,000 homes including 4,000 affordable homes, to help to ease the London housing crisis and provide homes for local people in Enfield.
The transformation will represent a step-change away from industrial warehousing and logistics type uses, which are relatively plentiful in the Borough, offering higher skilled, higher paid employment opportunities for local people.
A new series of employment offers will be developed across the site, attracting major employers as well as start-ups, including new meanwhile uses, and the creation of workspaces for makers, creators and artists.
The new will bring a home of world-class filmmaking in the borough. Opened in 2021, the studious will also home a skill academy, providing opportunities in the film, television and creative industries to local people.
Local social-enterprise , will form part of the new employment hub at Meridian Water, providing a boost and new jobs for the ‘maker’ economy. This will be supported by the Meridian Water Employment Strategy, adopted by Enfield Council Cabinet in Spring 2021.
The Council is also work with a number of operators to deliver temporary projects across the site, making efficient use of land, creating short to medium-term employment opportunities and bringing life and activity to the area early on in the programme. One key example being the Drumsheds who have delivered high quality leisure, arts and culture facilities to support a 24-hour destination on site.
Throughout the life of the overall regeneration programme, an estimated 10,000 construction jobs will be created. A dedicated training offering to provide a programme of traineeships and apprenticeships and an active schools programme will also be delivered, helping local people gain the skills needed during construction and beyond as well as inspiring the next generation of employees.
As a development planned from scratch, super high-speed broadband will be delivered across the site matched by a pioneering approach to digital infrastructure to maximise the benefits of the sharing economy.
The Council’s aim is to create a true 24-hour neighbourhood – a new destination to enjoy nightlife, music, theatre, cinema and much more, all year round.
The area will be linked by a new boulevard, connecting the train station in the West to the Lee Valley Regional Park in the East, passing over the waterways and through a series of public spaces to create one cohesive neighbourhood.
Communities will have everything they need at Meridian Water. The first new school opened in January 2017, with further major investment into schools, health services, community facilities, parks, leisure and culture and transport infrastructure to come.
Currently best known as the home of Ikea and Tesco, Meridian Water is located in the south of the London Borough of Enfield between Edmonton, Tottenham and Walthamstow.
It sits next door to the beautiful parklands and iconic sports facilities of the 10,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park, and benefits from the River Lea and the adjacent Pymmes Brook passing right through the site, providing the opportunity for a fantastic waterside living and working environment.
The site has excellent road networks as it is bounded by the North Circular Road (A406), A10 and M11. Along with the new Meridian Water train station and super high-speed broadband, communities will be able to connect with the environment on their doorstep and beyond.
The Council will strive for the highest quality of design and environmental sustainability standards throughout the development. The new homes and businesses will be supplied by the Council’s own energy company, energetik, with low carbon heat through a series of community heat networks – reducing their carbon footprint for heating by 80%.