A converted church – the first part of Enfield's Meridian Water development project – has won a commendation in the prestigious London Planning Awards.
Dysons Road Community Hub, which has been created by transforming St John’s church into a community centre and primary school, was described as an “inspirational response to the complex challenges of life in the city” by judges deciding the awards’ community scale scheme category.
They ultimately made the project runner-up to winner Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge in Lewisham.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said the standard of entries to the awards had been excellent.
“From town centres to public buildings and new green spaces, the variety and quality of the submitted projects gives me great confidence and excitement about the fantastic transformations we are seeing in every corner of this great city,” he said.
The Dysons Road Hub entry – jointly submitted by the Diocese of London, Enfield Council and Wilson Stephen Associates – is the first piece of infrastructure to be completed in Meridian Water, set to be one of the biggest green developments in Britain. It will provide waterfront living - with up to 5,000 new homes, community facilities, leisure and an anticipated 3,000 jobs.
The first phase of the scheme will be the National Grid-owned site to the rear of the hub, which will create up to 1,000 new homes and a new primary school.