FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What are the benefits of this development?
Meridian Water is Enfield Council’s £6bn 20-year regeneration project which will create 10,000 homes, including thousands of affordable homes, to help to ease the London housing crisis and provide homes for local people. The first 725 new homes will be ready in 2019 along with a brand new railway station.
Meridian Water will also provide 6,700 new jobs (including a further 10,000 construction jobs throughout delivery) and benefit the local, regional and national economy.
Enfield Council and Barratt London will also establish a dedicated training offering to provide a programme of traineeships and apprenticeships to help over 5,000 local people gain the skills needed during construction and beyond.
With excellent transport and internet connections in a high quality environment, Meridian Water will attract major employers in fast-growing sectors alongside growing start-ups. It 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.
2. What are Meridian Water’s timescales?
Meridian Water will be a 20-year regeneration programme, however 2017 in particular will be a significant and exciting year as the project finally moves from a vision to a reality. January marked the start of construction enabling works on the first phase of new homes, due to be delivered alongside a new Meridian Water station in 2019
- January 2017 – Meridian Angel Primary School fully operating from its new buildings.
- January 2017 – Construction enabling works start on Meridian Water’s Phase One, delivering 725 new homes, shops and public spaces around the new railway station.
- Spring 2017 – Development Agreement signed between Enfield Council and Barratt London, the selected Development Partner.
- September 2017 – Enfield Council begin construction of the first phase of Meridian Works, a new premises for Building Bloqs and ACAVA (the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art) creating the largest open workshop in Europe, supporting 300 jobs.
- Early 2018 – Barratt London on-site constructing Phase One.
- Early 2018 – Building Bloqs @ Meridian Works and ACAVA @ Meridian Works opens.
- 2019 – The new Station at Meridian Water is planned to open, triggering the delivery of the first new homes.
3. Who is paying for it?
The £6bn scheme is being financed by Enfield Council and its partners Barratt London and SEGRO. The Council’s investment will be returned by the competition of the development. Additional funds have also come from the Council’s strategic partners including Greater London Authority, through its Housing Zone designation, and Network Rail.
4. Has planning permission been achieved for the first phase of development?
Outline planning permission was achieved – with unanimous consent – in Summer 2016 for the first 725 new homes and new Meridian Water station on Willoughby Lane. It is the intention for Barratt London to submit a detailed application for this site later in 2017.
5. When will the first homes be delivered?
January marked the start of construction enabling works on the first 725 new homes for Meridian Water. The first homes and the new railway station will be completed in 2019.
6. How many homes will be delivered?
In total, 10,000 new homes are proposed for the entire Meridian Water site. The first 725 of which will be delivered on the Phase one Willoughby Lane site, due to be completed in 2019.
7. What percentage of these homes will be affordable?
Enfield Council has offered, subject to financial assistance from the GLA to provide 40 per cent affordable housing on the site as part of its wider efforts to tackle the London wide housing crisis. It is proposed that approximately half of the affordable homes will be available for social/affordable rented housing.
Meridian Water will provide some of the most affordable housing within London and will be delivered to a very high design standard.
8. Will there be any job and training opportunities?
Meridian Water 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 across the 6,700 jobs which will be created. An additional 10,000 jobs will also be created during construction.
Enfield Council and Barratt London will also establish a new Built Environment Training Centre, opening in 2017, to provide a programme of traineeships and apprenticeships to help over 5,000 local people gain the skills needed during construction and beyond.
9. How many new jobs will be created over the course of the regeneration?
A total of 6,700 new jobs will be created at Meridian Water, including a further 10,000 construction jobs through the delivery stage. Meridian Water will represent a step change away from the industrial and warehousing and logistics type uses which are relatively plentiful in the Borough, offering instead higher paid employment for the area.
We believe Meridian Water has the ability to transform the economic base of the Borough.
10. What type of jobs will be provided by this scheme? What sectors will these fall under?
6,700 permanent jobs will be created in the pharmaceuticals, digital & media, high value engineering, and E-Commerce and the creative maker sector.
This is in addition to the estimated 10,000 construction jobs.
11. How many of these jobs will be ring-fenced for local people?
It is a commitment of Enfield Council to ensure our local residents are the priority for all of the jobs.
In addition to the permanent jobs created on site, there will also be a dedicated training offering to provide a programme of traineeships and apprenticeships to help over 5,000 local people gain the skills needed during construction and beyond.
12. How many of these jobs will pay the London Living wage?
The Council expects all of the jobs delivered by the developer to pay the London Living Wage.
13. What open spaces and parks will there be?
Meridian Water will deliver a rich variety of accessible open spaces, including direct access from Meridian Water to the Lee Valley Regional Park – perfect for sports, summer walks and picnics. There will also be new parks, public squares, outdoor spaces and open gyms.
14. What changes to transportation will there be?
There will be a new railway station at Meridian Water opening in 2019 at the Willoughby Lane site, which will provide a more regular service to Stratford London and London Liverpool Street and north to Stansted and Cambridge. There is also the potential for the new station to be connected to Crossrail 2, which could bring up to 14 trains per hour.
Meridian Water will also include cycle lanes and suitable bus provision to ensure the development is well connected. Roads and car parking availability are all part of the plans currently under consideration.
15. What value will Meridian Water add to the UK economy?
We estimate the development at Meridian Water will add in the region of £3 billion to the UK economy by 2036.
16. Do you have any meanwhile use options for the site during construction?
Meridian Water will be a long-term 20-year programme and so it is absolutely our intention to utilise some of the site as meanwhile use and provide bespoke opportunities for start-up businesses to thrive. We love the thought that businesses can start life this way and then grow and evolve with the scheme.
With this in mind, Meridian Water will be home to Meridian Works, a haven for makers and creators. Meridian Works will be a series of places and spaces tailored specifically towards small businesses, start-ups and freelancers in a major boost to the ‘maker’ economy of London. The first phase of Meridian Works is the creation of Europe’s largest open workshop for Building Bloqs and ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art) supporting 300 jobs, which will open in early 2018.