Meridian Water is a major 20-year regeneration project bringing 10,000 homes, thousands of jobs and major infrastructure improvements to Enfield.
Led by Enfield Council, the innovative approach to delivering this project is unprecedented because the authority has taken complete control of the vision for Meridian Water, selecting development and other partners to deliver specific parts of the programme whether housing delivery, new employment spaces, or meanwhile uses.
By taking responsibility in this way, Enfield Council can accelerate the delivery of much-needed affordable homes and quality jobs in the borough, ensuring the development benefits local people and communities first and foremost.
Since taking back control of Meridian Water in June 2018, Enfield Council has injected serious momentum into the project, specifically:
- a new £46 million Meridian Water station opening in early summer 2019
- Galliford Try appointed to deliver the first 725 homes including a significant number of affordable homes (35% to 50%)
- agreement in place with local entrepreneurs Building Bloqs to deliver enterprise opportunities for local people
- first phase to include new public squares, shops and leisure facilities with first homes coming in 2022
New homes, new transport
In August 2019, Enfield Council secured funding of £156 million from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to provide improved infrastructure at Meridian Water.
The money will enable 8 trains an hour to serve Meridian Water station during peak times – up from 2-4 trains per hour – resulting from infrastructure improvements including a 4th platform and new section of track between Tottenham Hale and Meridian Water.
This improved connectivity will help local people take advantage of services, jobs and opportunities right across London.
On-site the centrepiece of the new infrastructure will be the construction of an east-west boulevard transporting pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles from the Meridian Water station through the middle of the site into the Lee Valley Park and beyond.
Other environmental benefits for residents will include the creation of two new parks, cycle lanes, naturalised brooks, and additional bridge connections which will help Enfield realise its vision for this project to be the greenest in London.