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Karakusevic Carson lands Meridian Water re-masterplanning role

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A team led by Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA) has been picked to re-masterplan the £1.5 billion Meridian Water Housing Zone scheme in Enfield, north London

Local authority Enfield Council selected the studio and project collaborators Sergison Bates Architects, 5th Studio, Mikhail Riches, Shulze + Grassov and Architecture 00 following an OJEU tender (see AJ 23.02.15).

Originally masterplanned by LDA Design (see AJ 29.03.10), the site has been earmarked to receive relaxed planning restrictions and a share of £400million-worth of funding as part of the London mayor’s ‘housing zones’ initiative.

The KCA team will now draw up a new masterplan for the enormous 100 hectare brownfield regeneration next to Banbury Reservoir in the Lea Valley and begin detailed planning of its first phase.

The £4.4 million contract will also see the winners prepare a design code for the entire district and advise local authority London Borough of Enfield throughout the housing zone’s delivery stages.

Studio partner Paul Karakusevic said: ‘Clearly this is an incredible project to be involved with, Enfield is showing how councils can deliver new homes and whole neighbourhoods through steering the design and delivery process for homes that London desperately needs.’

ARUP has meanwhile been selected to provide planning consultancy and engineering while Dutch firm OKRA will concentrate on the scheme’s landscape architecture.

Meridian Water is expected to deliver 5,000 ‘desirable and energy efficient’ homes, new schools, a library and 3,000 new jobs by 2026.

An additional 3,000 new homes are meanwhile planned for the neighbouring Edmonton Hinterland Area which is also included within the housing zone.




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