Meridian One will be a 7-hectare neighbourhood that connects to the character and ecology of the Lea Valley — our re-masterplanned scheme will place it at the forefront of global sustainable development.
This is the first phase of development in Enfield Council’s £6bn, 25-year Meridian Water regeneration project, which will see a swathe of unloved post-industrial land transformed into a new neighbourhood. Meridian One will be served and closely connected to Meridian Water station, and firmly rooted in the landscape character of the Lower Lea Valley.
Three-quarters of the development will be parks, bio-diverse gardens and forest-scale trees, plus play space and gardens that link to the surrounding green and blue network.
The other 25 per cent that is built on will blend into the landscape through multi-layered amenities including green courtyards, planted balconies and green landscaped roofs.
Station Square at the heart of the site forms the arrival space from adjacent Meridian Water station. A truly mixed-use space, this landscaped square will host community events and will be lined by cafes, shops, workshops, co-working spaces, maker spaces and community services. A new square for London, buzzing with neighbourhood life 24/7.
We are also designing and delivering a Skills Academy on a site to the south of the main development, to teach local young people construction skills.
We worked closely with Vistry Partnerships, Enfield Council and our architectural collaborators, HTA Design, to make sure that the buildings offer not only a significant number of new high quality homes for Enfield, but also a mix of uses at street level. We included a variety of amenities set within green streets, a new park and play spaces for children. It brings the council's vision to life by creating a welcoming sense of arrival for anyone stepping out of Meridian Water station.
Optimising the density of the development has enabled us to provide 25 per cent more homes – 970 in total – 93 per cent dual aspect and half of them affordable. The first 300 homes are currently under construction.
Project name: Meridian One
Location: London, UK
Services: Sustainable design
Value: > £100M
Scope: Architecture, Masterplanning
Clients: Vistry Partnerships / London Borough of Enfield
Number of homes: > 1000
Funder Clients: Vistry Partnerships / LB Enfield
Architect collaborator: HTA
Architect collaborator: Fisher Cheng
Architect collaborator: Urban Projects Bureau
Landscape architect: HTA
Transport planning: WSP