The AJ can reveal the first images of LDA Design masterplan for the massive 82ha Meridian Water development in Enfield, north London
The scheme, which the practice won in competition more than two years ago (see below), will create 5,000 new homes, offices, three schools and a new high street on the waterside site close to the Lea Valley Regional Park .
LDA Design saw off London 2012 masterplanner AECOM, Broadway Malyan and Urban Practitioners (with Stock Woolstencroft) to bag the contest for the new ‘eco-community’ having also won the AJ’s online poll.
Enfield Council’s cabinet member for business and regeneration, Del Goddard, said: ‘This project will create a fantastic waterfront development that people will be proud to call their home and it will play a significant role in driving the expansion of North London for decades to come.’
‘Meridian Waters will be one of the biggest development opportunities in the UK’
‘This will be one of the biggest development opportunities in the UK and the whole project will provide a massive boost to Enfield, London and the South East.’
Colin James, Director of Urban Design at LDA Design, said: ‘With an emphasis on sustaining strong business and economic growth, these plans are set to revitalise the site and create opportunities to attract new investment and facilities with a particular focus on green industries.
‘As well as ensuring the proposal is commercially viable, we have taken inspiration from the waterways of the Lower Lee Valley as the plans have developed, and the aim here is to give people the experience of waterside living and working while being in easy reach of the rest of the city through better transport links.’
Last week the council began ‘extensive’ public consultation on the masterplan which will run until 3 August.
Previous story (AJ 29.03.2010)
AJ exclusive: LDA Design wins Meridian Water contest
LDA Design has won the competition to masterplan the huge 70ha Meridian Water development in north London
The practice saw off London 2012 masterplanner AECOM, Broadway Malyan and Urban Practitioners (with Stock Woolstencroft) to bag the contest to design the new ‘eco-community’.
Competition organisers Enfield Council want to create a new 5,000 home suburban quarter on the waterside site close to the Lea Valley Regional Park site which currently houses a mix of vacant plots, former gas works and industrial units.
John Phillipps, partner of LDA Design said: ‘Our vision is hugely ambitious but deliverable… an internally focused masterplan, centred on dynamic waterscapes will support a modern One Planet Living eco community.’
He added: ‘Transformational change, coupled with a ground-breaking approach to sustainability will help to fashion a dramatic new identity for Meridian Water.’
Intriguingly LDA Design - which will be working with Beyond Green, Atkins and BNP Paribas Real Estate - also won the AJ’s online poll, scooping 38.4 per cent of the vote. Urban Practitioners (23.8 per cent) came second, AECOM third (19.8 per cent) and Broadway Malyan fourth (17.8 per cent).
Previous story (04.03.10)
AJ exclusive: Enﬁeld announces Meridian Water ﬁnalists
Enfield Council has unveiled four finalists in the contest to masterplan the huge 70ha Meridian Water development in north London
London 2012 masterplanner AECOM has been named alongside Broadway Malyan, LDA Design, and Urban Practitioners (with Stock Woolstencroft) on the final shortlist, each vying to design the new ‘eco-community’. The quartet were chosen from a seven-strong longlist revealed earlier this year.
A mix of vacant plots, former gas works and industrial units, the waterside site close to the Lea Valley Regional Park will eventually house 5,000 homes – almost half the 11,000 homes the borough plans to build over the next 15 years.
Director of place-shaping and enterprise Sue Foster said: ‘This is very much a series of disconnected and tired [parcels of] land, which is seen as an ending to the residential communities around Edmonton. This contest is an opportunity for a new suburban exemplar, connecting into the surrounding areas, and creating an opportunity for new architectural forms.’
‘This needs to be a step change for Enfield in terms of quality.’
Foster has not ruled out further architectural competitions as the masterplan progresses for the site which is being compared in scale to the Greenwich Peninsula.
Enfield is also looking for a ‘diverse range of professionals’, including up-and-coming architects, for a design panel to review and develop the Meridian Waters proposals ‘at key stages’. Interested architects should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The finalist were all selected from the Homes and Communities Agency’s masterplanning procurement panel and a winner will be announced next month.
Meanwhile, the borough is set to launch a new architectural contest to overhaul the rundown 0.6ha Highmead Estate close to the A406. A tender notice will appear in the AJ 18.03.10.
LDA Design reveals images of 5,000 home Meridian Water proposals