Businesses wanted for Meridian Water space

By Noella Pio Kivlehan - Thu 29 November 2018, 10:23 am

Firms large and small are being offered the chance of pop-up and permanent space in Enfield Council's Meridian Water regeneration area.

Two sites, Stonehill (3.3ha), and Teardrop (0.3ha), will be given over to a wide-range of businesses while the development of 10,000 homes and the projected creation of 6,000 jobs is taking place over the next few decades.

It is part of Enfield Council's Meanwhile Spaces Opportunities programme, established to ensure pre-development land does not lie empty, but is used for the benefit of the local community. The council also aims to generate income from the businesses using the sites, along with increasing awareness of Meridian Water as a location for jobs.

Speaking to over 120 developers, architects, and business leaders, at the White Post Café, part of one of the sites and near Hackney Wick station, council leader Nesil Caliskan said: "As Meridian Water is a long-term project, we have all this land we can now use for things like Meanwhile. We have a blank piece of paper to work from."

Ian Davies, Enfield Council's chief executive, said: "Enfield suffered in the 1960s and 1970s with the loss of manufacturing. [But, as a result] we have the land, which has given created a lot of opportunities for us. Now is the time to do something different."

Sarah Cary, executive director of place at the council added: "Meridian Water was never just about home building. Of course, the council wants affordable homes, but Meridian Water was about transforming the lives of Enfield people. Meanwhile is about using the land, it's about income generation, and using the land to begin the transformation of the area."

The council is calling for expressions of interest from 10 January 2019, with submissions of proposals by 1 March, then option for best and final offer, with agreement for lease by May, and completion and site handover from June.

Planned facilities on the site will include restaurants, schools, community facilities, parks, health, leisure and culture.