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Project update

Mon 25 February 2013, 3:49 pm

Opportunity Enfield takes a look at the projects transforming the shape of the borough.

Meridian Water

One of London’s largest regeneration and investment opportunities and one of the UK’s biggest eco developments is about to begin. The masterplan produced by LDA Design was adopted in July 2013, after extensive public consultation, and will be used to guide decision-making throughout the delivery process.

The 85-hectare, mixed-use, waterfront community will provide up to 5,000 new homes, three new schools and community facilities, a new high street causeway, diverse parklands and create up to 3,000 new jobs.

The riverside living will revitalise the valley’s waterways, improve parkland and recreational space reconnecting the area with the Lee Valley Regional Park.

The first project on the scheme, Dysons Road community hub, was completed in 2012. A former derelict piece of industrial land on Rays Road will be transformed into a new open space to be known as Angel Gardens with outdoor gym facilities, an activity area, children’s play area and will also include a direct link to Angel Road Station.

Meridian Water will also deliver improvements to public transport including an interchange linked to Angel Road Station. Enfield Council has appointed Atkins to produce a new station design, working in partnership with the GLA, TfL and Network Rail. Track improvements, funded by Network Rail and TfL will also enable the delivery of a four trains per hour service at Angel Road Station.

The council is in the process of getting tenders for a detailed design of the Causeway, the central spine that unifies Meridian Water, with a view to implementing public realm improvements along Glover Drive in 2014.

Meanwhile, the EFA is working with the London Community Learning Trust to deliver a new two-form primary school in the Meridian Angel neighbourhood, with plans for a University Technical College on land near IKEA also gathering momentum.

Alma Estate regeneration

It is hoped that this £150 million project, Enfield Council’s largest housing estate renewal scheme, will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Ponders End. The scheme will include four iconic 23-storey towers and several surrounding maisonette blocks and shops.

Countryside Properties will redevelop the estate to provide up to 800 homes in phases with a balanced mix of private sale, shared ownership and council homes for existing tenants. The new neighbourhood will include replacement retail space, a new GP centre, and an affordable gym as well as improved open green space, play areas and public realm.

The council will facilitate a series of design panel workshops with residents and architects Pollard Thomas Edwards in the run up to the submission of the planning application for the masterplan and phase one next summer. After residents in Phase 1 have been either temporarily or permanently rehoused in 2014, the controlled demolition of Kestrel House will begin. Subsequent phases will all require separate planning applications, it is hoped the development will be complete in 2021. 

Electric Quarter

The transformation of the Ponders End High Street area, now known as the Electric Quarter after local resident Joseph Swan who pioneered the invention of the electric light bulb, also continues to move forward. Behind the High Street a new secondary school the Heron Hall Academy is taking shape with a planning application expected shortly, while revised plans for the High Street frontage are also advancing. 2014 is going to be a big year for the Electric Quarter.


In January Andy Love, Member of Parliament for Edmonton, visited the Countryside Properties’ site to see how the building is progressing. Work started on site in July 2013 and topping out is expected in April with formal completions on track for March 2015.

The new scheme will provide 118 new homes - 22 houses and 96 apartments, 40% of them affordable homes, managed by Newlon Housing Trust.  The launch of homes for private sale, to be marketed by Countryside Properties as ‘Silver Point’, will begin in May.

The partners believe the development, which was designed by Hawkins Brown Architects and shortlisted for a housing design award, will provide a significant boost to the local community and kick-start wider investment and regeneration in the area. Alongside the residential element the development at Highmead will include 1,037sq m of new retail and commercial space and a bespoke 769sq m health centre at the heart of the development, together with a new 197sq m community building. 

New Avenue Estate

The New Avenue estate renewal scheme will deliver around 250 new homes, including a mix of private and affordable accommodation. The new development will include high quality sustainable homes, age-specific play areas and a replacement nursery/community facility. The procurement of a housebuilder is expected to take place this year, with a target of submitting a planning application for the scheme in early 2014. Construction is expected to start in spring 2015; with a target completion date for phase 1 of spring 2016.

Dujardin Mews

As part of the Alma Regeneration programme, Dujardin Mews, formerly known as ‘Academy Street’ will see the construction of 38 new homes in Ponders End, some of the first new council homes in decades.

A partnership between two award-winning practices, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Maccreanor Lavington Architects, this exciting scheme is a contemporary take on the classic Victorian terraced streets that characterise the area. These elegant brick-built properties will set the benchmark for new development in Ponders End and a very high standard for future new build Enfield Council homes.

Affordable and predominantly family-sized, the homes will be exclusively for Alma Estate residents, 19 of which will be for secure council tenants and a further 19 will be shared equity homes, part-owned by the council, for resident leaseholders wishing to remain in the area. Construction will commence early in 2014 and it is hoped that homes will be completed early in 2015.


The redevelopment of the Ladderswood Way estate and the adjoining New Southgate Industrial estate is a project of major strategic importance for the area’s regeneration.

The Ladderswood scheme is one of the first projects to be delivered out of the New Southgate masterplan. Combined with the A406 development it will create significant benefits for the area and aims to transform this part of the borough into a vibrant and sustainable community. It will increase the amount of family-sized accommodation in the area, provide investment in local infrastructure (schools, roads, health services) and create local employment and training opportunities.

Sherrygreen Homes in partnership with One Housing Group were appointed as the council’s development partners for the renewal of the Ladderswood Estate. The developers appointed Mulalley as the building contractor and One HG as the housing provider.

In February 2013 the planning committee granted planning consent, subject to completion of a Section 106 planning agreement and GLA consent, for the new development that will create 517 new homes, 1,400sq m of new commercial space, a community centre and a new 80-bedroom hotel, bringing employment and training opportunities for people in the borough.

The new homes will range from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom houses with a mix of private and affordable, offering the residents’ choice and flexibility. The scheme will be designed to meet Code Level 4 for sustainable homes and a new energy centre will replace the existing district heating system currently in Curtis House. Using the latest technology it will serve the entire development, providing both social and private properties with hot water and also generating some electricity. It is anticipated works will start on site in early 2014 with the first homes being completed by summer of 2015.

Small Sites

Enfield Council’s Small Housing Sites programme aims to deliver 94 homes across seven sites, with a mixture of private and affordable housing. The sites in Enfield Town, Enfield Chase and Turkey Street are all less than 0.3 hectares. Six of them were previously sheltered housing blocks declared no longer fit for purpose, while the seventh was a garage site.

Detailed planning applications were approved in November 2013. In parallel with the design process to obtain planning consent, the council is working to procure a development partner and hope to appoint the preferred developer in January 2014, to commence on site during the spring. The council has secured £700,000 of external funding to support the proposed scheme.

New Avenue

This project will see the demolition of 163 existing housing blocks on the former Coverack Close estate, renamed by residents as New Avenue, which will be fully redeveloped.

Over 300 new homes will be created through the project. Residents have been involved in the design and planning of the scheme, choosing low-rise building with heights varying from two to six-storeys. The council plans to select a developer before spring 2014, with tender information due to be advertised in July. 

This information was last updated in March 2014.

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