Electric Quarter blueprint gets green light from Boris

Wed 20 March 2013, 6:16 pm

London Mayor Boris Johnson has formally approved outline plans for the redevelopment of Middlesex University's Ponders End campus, which is expected to deliver more than 400 new homes.

Enfield Council approved outline proposals for the scheme - now known as the Electric Quarter - earlier this year, but the scale of the development required mayoral approval.

As well as up to 408 homes, the scheme also includes employment space, a new library and shops.

It is part of Enfield Council’s wider £270 million Ponders End regeneration programme, and sits alongside a £2 million transport scheme for the High Street and Queensway that is funded by the GLA.

Regeneration lead councillor Del Goddard said the proposals would “open up” Ponders End High Street and make it a “vibrant, successful and attractive shopping destination”.

“We want to build a stronger community in Ponders End and part of the way we’re planning to do this is by providing first rate homes and amenities, such as a library that will attract people into the area,” he said.

Architects Karakusevic Carson with Maccreanor Lavington and East worked up the outline plans for Ponders End.

The project has been named the "Electric Quarter” to play up Ponders End’s industrial heritage, and in particular pioneering work on the electric light bulb by Joseph Swan in the early 20th century.