Meridian Water Station is a vital piece of infrastructure for the Meridian Water Masterplan, an ambitious 100 hectare public sector led redevelopment located in the Upper Lea Valley for London Borough of Enfield. The station forms Phase 1 of the masterplan and acts as a catalyst for the further regeneration of the area.
A principle aim of the masterplan is improved connectivity with the city and the surrounding neighbourhoods. The new Meridian Water station will replace the currently underused and difficult to access Angel Road Station and re-locate it to the heart of the scheme. A more frequent rail service will run south to Central London and along the Cambridge Corridor to the North, encouraging sustainable and active travel for the community and providing a vital link for new and existing residents. Meridian Water Station is also future proofed for the arrival of CrossRail 2 in 2032.
Two new public squares provide access routes to the Station and integrate it into the wider public realm. Station Square to the west establishes legible pedestrian routes to the station entrances and other modes of transport through the use of hard and soft landscaping. At ground level, cafes, shops and community facilitates are easily accessible.
Station Approach to the east connects passengers to Meridian Way, Glover Drive and the central Causeway – the ‘spine’ to the masterplan which runs east to west, from the station up to the Lee Valley Park. This central spine is a vital part of the masterplan’s movement network, linking secondary and tertiary routes for pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists, and will foster connections with the wider neighbourhoods. It will also be a contemporary high-street, offering a variety of retail, community and cultural amenities.
A pedestrian footbridge connected to the station concourse provides a 24hr public access route from both public squares and improves circulation through the site and from the station ticket hall. The elevated bridge deck is south-facing, increasing the provision of sunlight, and will offer unobstructed views east and west across Meridian Water. The pedestrian bridge will be an important access route through the area and a social meeting point for the community.
Two tall public lift shafts which sit independently from the main station building connect passengers from the public squares to the bridge deck. Raised above the station roof line, the lift shafts visually mark the two entrances to the station concourse and act as key way-finding devices.
The design and material palette of Meridian Water Station echoes the area’s rich industrial heritage and establishes a strong visual identity for this important civic building. Dark brick work, steel work and bronze detailing emulate the design of Victorian warehouse buildings. At ground level, textured brickwork on the facades define the edges of the station with the wider public areas.
A light-weight, geometric golden canopy which appears to float above the station contrasts with the main weight of the station building, lift shaft and pedestrian bridge. Constructed of angled aluminium panels, the roof provides important weather protection for passengers. At night, the roof canopy and geometric panelling on the lift shafts will be illuminated, turning the station into a beacon to help with wayfinding and a sense of arrival.
Meridian Water Station will play a key part in unlocking Meridian Water and establishing the area as a distinctive destination and new part of the city.
Architect: Karakusevic Carson Architects
Architect (Technical): Atkins, Acanthus
Landscape and Public Realm: Karakusevic Carson Architects, OKRA,