Enfield’s year to remember

By Noella Pio Kivlehan - Mon 17 June 2019, 7:55 am

A new team and fresh energy leading Enfield’s multibillion-pound regeneration was celebrated at the Opportunity Enfield (OpEn) magazine launch this week.

Mark Bradbury, director of property and economy at Enfield Council, said the borough “was seeing the fruits of [everything] happening with new developments and events” in the year since the administration took over at the May 2018 local elections.

More than 100 delegates including investors, developers and occupiers were welcomed to the special breakfast event by Sara Bailey, partner at Trowers & Hamlins.

The law firm hosted the occasion at its City offices, with the networking breakfast timed to set delegates up for day one of the London Real Estate Forum (LREF) taking place at the nearby HAC Grounds, where Enfield’s Meridian Water team had an exhibition stand.

OpEn is the Enfield regeneration and investment magazine produced by 3Fox International, and the event celebrated its 10th edition.

Bailey said: “The opportunity and activity [now] going on in Enfield is absolutely incredible. The number of schemes, and number of workplace creations are huge.”

Council leader, Councillor Nesil Caliskan, reflected on the borough’s achievements since she took the helm 12 months ago. These include the opening of the new Meridian Water station on 3 June, and the application for hundreds of new homes at Meridian One - part of the £6bn, 20-year regeneration programme at Meridian Water.

Beavertown Brewery is fitting out its new 11,613 sq m facility in the borough, and last week (7-8 June) the annual outdoor festival Field Day was held at Meridian Water attended by 30,000 people. The festival will be at the site for the next five years.

Caliskan said: “In the next couple of months we will be able to outline more detail about what is happening at Meridian Water, and the opportunity for more partnerships.”

She added the past year was also spent putting into place “fundamentals” including long-term strategic planning documents. She said this includes “the infrastructure of building the borough and shaping it. We have had the first round of consultation for our Local Plan, and we have identified all the future transport hubs for development.”

Bradbury highlighted that not only did Enfield have a new leader, and was pushing on with its regeneration plans, but it has a new team of those recently joined or who have been in the role during the last year leading those plans.

He named Sarah Cary, executive director - place; Joanne Drew, director of housing and regeneration; Peter George, Meridian Water programme director; Doug Wilson, head of strategy and service development and Vincent Lacovara, head of planning, as key team members at the council.

Engineering and consulting firm Arup were event sponsors at the breakfast networking event for OpEn. Paul Jarvis, Arup’s associate director of planning, said it was “a privilege to work with Enfield on its major regeneration schemes,” and described the council as a “pro-active client who knows where it wants to be.”

John Bell, managing partner at chartered surveyors and property consultants Glenny, said Enfield was taking a “truly commercial approach to the regeneration of Meridian Water.”

While SEGRO’s partnership development director, Neil Impiazzi, stated: “As a major investor and developer in Enfield with over 70,000 sq m of modern industrial space, we welcome the opportunity to work with Enfield Council to deliver new industrial schemes that will help create local jobs and enable businesses to thrive.”

Beavertown Brewery finance director, Adam Gregory, added the company chose Enfield for its new brewery building because “it wanted to stay in London.” He added: “It’s part of our legacy.”