Designers hired for Meridian Water 'spine'

By Jim Dunton - Fri 28 February 2014, 11:45 am

Engineering giants CH2M Hill have been hired to deliver a key element of Edmonton's £1.5 billion Meridian Water development.

Enfield Council has commissioned the firm to prepare a detailed feasibility study and business case to support the delivery of phase one and subsequent improvements to the proposed causeway, which is the spine at the heart of the development.

Meridian Water, in south east Edmonton, is earmarked to deliver 5,000 homes and 3,000 jobs in a waterfront setting that is part of the Lee Valley.

The first area of the development to be re-modelled by CH2M Hill will be Glover Drive, between Tesco and IKEA.

Councillor Del Goddard, Enfield’s cabinet member for business and regeneration, said Meridian Water was a fantastic opportunity to regenerate a key site in the borough.

“The development of the Causeway is one of the most crucial aspects of this development,” he said.

“It will help create linked communities and bring the different aspects of the site together in an effective and attractive way and help make sure that all parts of the development are equally accessible.”

John McNicholas, CH2M Hill’s regional business group manager for urban programmes, said the firm’s “Urban Environment Group” had been specifically set up in 2011 to help clients realise neighbourhoods with “interconnected, livable, vibrant communities”.

Enfield Council recently secured £74 million in funding to significantly improve rail links to the development, delivering a four-trains-an-hour service at Angel Road Station, which is soon to be renamed Meridian Water Station.