Meridian Water opportunity for Enfield's young

By Marco Cillario - Fri 11 November 2016, 1:24 pm

A charity is offering young people in Enfield the opportunity for work experience within the Meridian Water development site.

The Stephen Lawrence charitable trust is selecting six year 13 students from sixth forms and colleges who wish to study architecture, design or engineering at university. 

The trust is working with Karakusevic Carson Architects, which designed the masterplan for the £3.5 billion Meridian Water development, set to create 10,000 homes, 6,700 permanent jobs and 10,000 positions in the construction industry over the next 20 years.

The successful students will access work experience within the architects' studio and be assigned to a professional mentor. The mentors will help them gain the skills required to apply for a place at university in 2017.

In addition, a bursary of £1,000 will be awarded to each student selected for the project, called The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme, for their studies at university.

Applications are open now, and the selection process will take place in two phases, until 23 December.

The trust is also making another £4,000 available to other young people in Enfield to help them go to university and study architecture or construction. Application for these bursaries will be open until March 2017.

“The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is hoping this is the first of a series of social value elements we will deliver through our partnership with Karakusevic Carson Architects on the Meridian Water development,” Neil Onions, development manager at the trust, told Opportunity Enfield.

Information on signing up to the programme is available here. Those interested in applying can email