Planning permission granted for makerspace hub

Thu 12 March 2020, 12:19 pm

A major new makerspace hub at Meridian Water has received planning permission that will provide affordable workspace at the flagship development.

Building BloQs will play a vital role in offering creative manufacturing workshop space during and after the development’s construction.

The building will provide capacity for more than 1,000 with an increase in the number of people who can access facilities at any one time across four major departments. These include engineering, wood, metal and a fashion studio.

Planning permission was given in December and Building BloQs will move into the former vehicle testing building, which will be converted to provide more than 30,000sq ft of manufacturing workshop space.

Workers will have access to more than £1m worth of light industrial equipment and will benefit from new skills training facilities, a waterside café, gardens, a shop and event space. Crucially all of these facilities will also be accessible to Enfield residents.

The council’s deputy leader, Councillor Ian Barnes, said: "Building BloQs will now have access to flexible and affordable open access workshop space allowing them to increase the amount of space and facilities available to support freelance designers, makers, and small businesses while Meridian Water grows.

“Meridian Water has always been about jobs as well as homes and, this facility will play a huge role in helping us to achieve our aspiration of providing a wide range of good quality creative jobs on the site.” 

Before the site is developed the council will use its landholding to accommodate meanwhile uses that promote placemaking. The Building BloQs project is part of a series of interim projects, which play an important role in supporting the regeneration of Meridian Water.