Scale and use (Strategic Infrastructure): Primary and secondary roads, 5 bridges, 8ha parkland, flood alleviation, earthworks and land remediation
Scale, density and use (Phase 2): 2,300 homes, 193 dph - the first homes to be delivered as part of a wider 10,000 home masterplan
5,500sqm social infrastructure 26,500sqm commercial 2,000sqm retail
Tenure (Phase 2): 40% affordable
Status: awaiting planning approval
Karakusevic Carson Architects have
been commissioned to design site infrastructure works to unlock the second and
future phases of the Meridian Water Masterplan, an ambitious, 82ha mixed-use scheme
in the Upper Lea Valley. As lead developer, Enfield Council are steering the
vision and delivery of this major project which will form a new district and
destination in the city.
Infrastructure works including new roads and bridges will support the
delivery of 10,000 homes, as well as comprehensive land remediation, flood
mitigation and 8ha of parkland, establishing a strong foundation for
sustainable urban expansion and promoting health and leisure. A low-car and
low-carbon approach underpins the masterplan design, with a movement network
which encourages sustainable travel, prioritising buses, cyclists and
Interventions are being enabled by £156 million pounds
of Government HIF funding, and are being led by an expert, multi-disciplinary
team with an approach grounded in high-quality placemaking and strategic urban
planning, with Karakusevic Carson Architects leading on site masterplanning,
infrastructure design and architecture.
The infrastructure network will improve and extend connections
throughout the site and create a vital framework for the Meridian Water Phase 2
and the delivery of 2,300 homes. Presently, the industrial
brownfield site is severed by a series of characterless roads, inhibiting vehicle
and pedestrian movement at a local and wider level. A new east-west route will
be a vital link for the local community between Meridian Water Station,
completed in the first phase of the masterplan up to the River Lea and Edmonton
Marshes, making the city and nearby green spaces more easily accessible.
As the masterplan develops, the east-west route will become a High
Street and focal point for the community, hosting a range of cafes, shops and
restaurants to establish the area as successful, mixed-use district. A
secondary ‘link’ road connecting Leeside Road to the primary east-west route will
improve permeability into the neighbourhood from the south and support the
provision of creative maker and workspaces at street level. Tertiary and
pedestrian-priority routes will complete the movement network, providing access
to the riverside and parks, and will be enhanced by public squares at key
intersections and green, playable streets.
The placemaking strategy revives and celebrates
the site’s natural assets, creating attractive, open green spaces within the
neighbourhood and beyond. Pymmes Brook, located at the centre of the second
phase will be re-naturalised and its banks opened-up, transforming it into an
ecological urban park fully
integrated into the public realm, with community spaces and entrances to homes
fronting the park and the water.
Physical and visual connections to the River Lee will also be enhanced, through the layout of streets and the orientation
of buildings to encourage recreation
and travel along the waterside.
Five bridges enable new roads and
paths to span the waterways and the railway line, tying together existing and future
neighbourhoods. These bridges play a crucial part in the infrastructure and placemaking
strategy, combining both high-quality technical and aesthetic design to create
a distinctive local character.
The pattern of roads and rivers will inform the configuration, scale and character of buildings in the second phase of the masterplan, resulting in a rich mix of architecture, reflective of London's riverside heritage.
Permeable blocks with
public courtyards will line the water to the east and north, maximising views
and shared green spaces, while blocks with longer, articulated facades provide a
continuous active frontage along Brooks Park. Homes of varying tenures
including affordable, keyworker and private sale will be woven seamlessly through
the scheme to support the economic and social needs of the community and allow
the neighbourhood to evolve sustainably as the masterplan develops.
Urban strategies for Meridian Water are being driven by an understanding of how a self-sustaining district needs to function and thrive. Comprehensive infrastructure uniquely grounded in quality placemaking will provide a crucial stimulus for the second and future phase of the masterplan and help to build a strong identity for the emerging area.
Masterplanning and Architecture: Karakusevic Carson Architects