Firms shortlisted for major infrastructure project

Thu 12 March 2020, 12:23 pm

Three construction firms have been shortlisted to submit a tender for key infrastructure projects at Enfield's £6bn Meridian Water scheme.

The crucial work will involve the construction of roads, bridges and flood mitigation measures, as well as electricity, gas, hot water, communications, water and sewage connections and new parkland.

The shortlisted contractors include BAM Nuttall Limited, VINCI Construction UK and VolkerFitzpatrick. The work is being funded by the council’s successful bid for £156m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

The central project will be the creation of the main boulevard passing through the entire development, stretching from the new Meridian Water train station to the Lee Valley area.

Up to three contractors will be appointed to carry out the works, with contracts due to be awarded for a four-year period.

The development will provide 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs, and create 8.2-ha of parkland in the Lea Valley over the coming 25 years. 

Enfield Council’s leader Councillor Nesil Caliskan said: “Major developments need significant infrastructure and we always knew that early delivery of the infrastructure was vital to delivering our ultimate vision of Meridian Water – a project that will primarily benefit local people and deliver lasting benefits for them.

“We are looking for a world class partner to help us deliver a world class development and our shortlisted contractors leave me in no doubt that we have selected a strong field of potential partners, all of whom have a proven track record of delivering exceptional results.”

Cllr Caliskan added that improved transport links and infrastructure will open up chances for residents to gain better access to jobs.

She said: “The opening of Meridian Water Station last year was a hugely important first step in this process and with further improvements on their way we will be creating a high-quality neighbourhood with great connections that people will be proud to call home.”

Apart from thousands of homes, Meridian Water will provide new schools, community and health services, nurseries, shops and youth and leisure facilities.

The council and developer Vistry Partnerships (formerly Galliford Try Partnerships) have signed a development agreement to produce around 900 new homes at Meridian One – the first phase of the development – with enabling works on the £250m project starting in the next few months.

Planning permission has also been granted for a major new makerspace hub at Meridian Water to provide affordable workspace for hundreds of workers.

The decision to grant planning permission for the project means Building BloQs will move into the former vehicle testing building that will be converted to provide more than 30,000 sq ft of manufacturing workshop space with capacity for more than 1,000 people.