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ALMA ESTATE, PONDERS END 993 new homes on the borough’s largest estate with retail, gym, medical and community facilities.

OPPORTUNITY ENFIELD / The regeneration of Enfield

Making lives better

NEW AVENUE, SOUTHGATE A vibrant new development of 412 homes, with a pre-nursery school and multi-purpose community centre.

Countryside is delighted to continue our strong relationship with Enfield, with the addition of two exciting new developments in Ponders End and Southgate. Between them, these innovative regeneration projects will deliver 1405 new homes, 539 of which will be affordable, bringing sustainable prosperity to Enfield and the wider community. Put simply, we believe in making lives better.

Summer 2016 Issue Seven


The regeneration of Enfield Summer 2016 Issue Seven

Down by the water new partners for Meridian Water / Maker’s mark artisans Building BloQs / Premier league wealth creators choose Enfield

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                  


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Newlon Housing Trust proud to be working in partnership with Enfield Following on from last year’s success in delivering new affordable homes at Watermill Lane and in the heart of Angel Edmonton, we have opened a state of the art scheme providing self-contained flats for older people with learning disabilities. Later this year we will begin development of new shared ownership homes as part of the regeneration of the Alma Estate and we have other schemes in the pipeline in Enfield. We are proud to be partners with the London Borough of Enfield and Countryside on the regeneration of the Alma Estate.

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7 News Updates include a housing zone, awards and major investment. 12 Meridian Water With the council’s development partner on board, the £3.5 billion project promises 10,000 homes and 6,700 jobs. 19 Lifestyle: markets Enfield’s three thriving markets are each of a distinct character.

34 Meet the makers Dress designer, bicycle frame maker – we find artisans everywhere at Building BloQs, soon to become a £2.7 million centre, Meridian Works, in Meridian Water 40 Wealth creators Ardmore, Kelvin Hughes and Greggs are some of the big-name employers based in Enfield – and Spurs’ £45 million training ground is here too.

24 Map Where development sites are located.

46 Infrastructure A new station for Meridian Water and five stations on the Crossrail 2 route.

27 Projects Summaries of regeneration projects, planned or under way.

50 Sitematch Gasholder site has a mixed-use future with the opportunity for temporary use.

Cover illustration Barratt London’s Meridian Water visualisation Images Karakusevic Carson Architects, The Sidings, David Tothill, B Brown/ Shutterstock, Camden Town Brewery, LGC Awards, Barratt London, Enfield Market/Kareen Cox - absolutelykareen., Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, HTA Design, Countryside, Gareth Gardner/ Tottenham Hotspur, Ardmore/Anthony Weller, Kelvin Hughes, Greggs/ Magenta, Siemens, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Eleanor Bentall, Enfield Council, Simon O’Connor Printed by Park Communications Published by London SE1 7SJ 020 7978 6840 Enfield Council Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XA Subscriptions © 3Fox International Limited 2016. All material is ­strictly copyright and all rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the written ­permission of 3Fox International Limited is strictly ­forbidden. The greatest care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information in this magazine at time of going to press, but we accept no ­responsibility for omissions or errors. The views expressed in this ­magazine are not ­necessarily those of 3Fox International Limited.

5 Contents Issue 7 Summer 2016

A fashion fix, fresh food, your everyday essentials or just a chance to have fun everything you could want in one place

The choice is amazing • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Asda Lidl Matalan Sports Direct Wilko JD Sports Peacocks Blue Inc Many restaurants and cafes including Costa Coffee 40 market stalls Post Office Library Travelodge Hotel Leisure

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading Footfall continues to increase regeneration specialist, owns with an average of 230,000 and manages Edmonton Green, visitors per week. ensuring that it remains a lively and friendly space for all the community to enjoy.

Right Impressions of Meridian Water from Karakusevic Carson Architects – final designs may change.


Meridian Water development partners appointed Barratt London and Segro have been appointed by Enfield Council as development partners for the £3.5 billion Meridian Water development, which will create 10,000 homes and 16,700 jobs. The council announced in May 2016 that the two developers had been selected for its flagship 85-ha scheme, one of the largest in the country. Located in the Lee Valley, around half an hour from central London, Meridian Water will create 10,000 jobs in the construction industry over the next two decades and 6,700 permanent positions by the time it is completed. The council estimates it will help add £3 billion to the British economy by 2036 by stimulating growth in the region. The scheme will also provide supporting infrastructure including a rail station, shops and community facilities in a waterfront setting, and improve connectivity between north London and the Lee Valley. The site has been given housing zone status by the Greater London Authority, meaning funding will be made available to facilitate construction of new homes. Councillor Ahmet Oykener, cabinet member for housing and housing regeneration, said the appointment of Barratt London and Segro was “incredibly exciting”. He explained: “Now we can start getting boots on the ground and proceed with this transformational

project for Enfield and the wider area and create a truly world class development, which will improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of people. Meridian Water will play a huge part in helping to ease the housing crisis in London and will provide fantastic quality accommodation to thousands of families.” Councillor Alan Sitkin, cabinet member for economic regeneration and business, added that Meridian Water will provide “lots of high quality jobs for the new community and local people as businesses take advantage of the commercial opportunities offered by the development. “Our challenge is to make sure that existing communities and future residents benefit from this scheme that can transform north London economically.” In March 2016 Enfield Council submitted an outline planning application for phase one, which features 725 homes, community facilities, the new Meridian Water station and utilities and infrastructure for the site. Detailed applications for these elements will follow. The first set of homes and the new station are scheduled for delivery in 2018. The council aims to complete the scheme within 20 years. (For more information on Meridian Water, see the feature article on page 12.) 7 News Issue 7 Summer 2016


BloQs’ funding builds results

8 News Opportunity Enfield

Plans are developing to upgrade and grow London’s largest open workshop for professional makers, which provides affordable space in Enfield for members such as digital fabricators, bike builders and blacksmiths. Building BloQs is located in the Meridian Water regeneration area and received £2.7 million of funding in January 2015, of which £1.35 million was pledged by the mayor’s London Regeneration Fund, with the rest to be provided in match funding from other organisations. The grant will enable Building BloQs to upgrade its facility, moving operations to a warehouse providing 4,645sq m of workshop space, which the founding partners say will offer a much greater range of machines and processes. The new facility will be the largest in Europe, able to cater for a community of 1,000 freelance makers, small businesses and designers working in a range of

Housing zone for Edmonton An area in Enfield was identified as a housing zone by the former mayor of London in March. Edmonton Futures was among 11 housing zones announced by Boris Johnson’s office. It is set to provide more than 3,500 new properties. This brings the total number of housing zones in London to 31, two of which are in Enfield, as the Meridian Water housing was announced in the first tranche. Edmonton is one of the priority regeneration areas identified by Enfield Council. Housing zones are designed to stimulate residential development, regeneration of brownfield sites and deliver supporting infrastructure through a range of planning and financial measures.

trades, materials and disciplines. The existing workshop of around 1,020sq m already allows more than 150 producers to share space, tools and skills, with access to industry-standard machinery and processes, bookable on a pay-as-you-go basis. Since January, Building BloQs has entered into the design and planning process for the new facility with Enfield Council and Karakusevic Carson Architects, with a view to having a “soft launch” by the end of the year. The funding has already resulted in adding a textiles studio to the existing open workshop, which caters for those working with wood, metal, concrete, plastic and paint. The project was founded by Al Parra, Arnaud Nichols, Avninder Nanray and Alex Motta. (For more information on Building BloQs and some of the makers, see the article on page 34.)

Brewers delight in Enfield A popular craft beer company is to open a brewery in Enfield. Camden Town Brewery is the first customer to sign up for phase two of Navigation Park, a development being carried out by Segro. It will provide 13,000sq m of warehouse space on the A1055, Mollison Avenue. This will allow the brewery, which in 2015 partnered with brewing company AB inBev, to increase the production and variety of its beers, which include Hells Lager, Pale Ale, Ink, Gentleman’s Wit and Pils, as well as a range of new beers to be released throughout the year. The 5,330sq m brewery, located at unit one in the park, will be a carbon neutral building, producing more energy than it uses. Alan Holland, Segro’s business unit director for Greater London, said Navigation Park’s direct access to the North Circular Road made it an ideal location from which Camden Town Brewery can distribute its goods. The new facility is expected to open in November 2016 and will employ up to 70 people. Brewery founder Jasper Cuppaidge said that the firm had a great opportunity to become a world famous brewery. “Enfield will not only keep all our brewing close to home in north London, but also enable us to make more great beers to satisfy the thirst of beer lovers out there, and maintain our commitment to full flavoured and distinctive beers,” he added. In addition to the new premises, Camden Town Brewery will continue to operate from its original base in Wilkin Street Mews in Kentish Town. Councillor Alan Sitkin, Enfield Council’s cabinet

Far left Sam Kennedy (left) and James Gilpin (right) use Building BloQs to grow their business, Commissioned by You. Left Camden Town Brewery’s beers are popular in London.

member for economic regeneration and business development, said the council was “absolutely committed to encouraging businesses of all sizes to relocate here”. “It is brilliant news to hear that a company such as Camden Town Brewery is locating a major supply hub in Enfield as the area is well served for both rail and road links. The council was very involved in facilitating negotiations between the brewery and Segro. We’re delighted with the outcome and look forward to working with them to secure even more jobs for local people,” he added.

Housing help brings rewards Enfield Council has saved almost £1 million in two years through a scheme reducing expenses for nightly accommodation for vulnerable families. In March 2014, the local authority set up an independent company, Housing Gateway, to purchase family homes in the borough and surrounding area and provide an alternative to costly nightly accommodation. Families are given an assured shorthold tenancy, allowing them to stay in the property for a fixed period of time. The families are then supported in finding alternative accommodation. The council aimed to reduce anticipated budget pressures of £3.3 million, associated with families in temporary accommodation in 2014/15, and which is

predicted to rise to £7.8 million in the coming years. In its first two years the company has bought 180 properties and saved the council £968,585. Additional homes will be purchased this year. Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing and housing regeneration, Councillor Ahmet Oykener, called the project a success. He said: “Housing Gateway has helped the council reduce temporary accommodation budget pressures, securing good quality properties for local families. “This is a practical, effective and intelligent response to this issue and I am delighted we have been able to find an effective solution to what is an incredibly taxing problem.” 9 News Issue 7 Summer 2016

Right From right to left: Comedian Stephen Mangan, council leader Doug Taylor, Councillor Alan Sitkin with Enfield’s sustainability officers, who won Team of the Year at the LGC awards.


Sustainability win

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Enfield Council’s sustainability service has been named Team of the Year at the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards, attended by 800 people. In a ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in March 2016, Enfield’s team was praised for running Enfield 2020, which is part of the borough’s programme for sustainability. The awards – for best practice in local government across the country – recognised the council’s innovative approach to tackling climate change. The jury, made up of senior figures from the public sector, commented: “This was a very strong vision, which was 100% self-funded and integrated with the council. A staff-developed initiative, it is an inspiring story about the outcomes for the community.” The sustainability team, made up of 11 people, was set up five years ago. The council invested £600,000 in Enfield 2020. Since its launch, it has reduced its carbon footprint by 35%. The initiative has also made £33 million in savings and added value. The team has helped develop three projects as part of Enfield 2020: Fuel Poverty, Smart Homes and energetik. The first scheme is tackling the problem posed by the 13,000 households being unable to afford to properly heat their homes. The project won £130,000 from British Gas and conceived a strategy in partnership with charity National Energy Action. The Warner Homes action plan was joined by 15 partner organisations and is set to

improve the energy performance of local houses. The sustainability team has also helped secure a £6.5 million grant as part of Smart Homes, a project providing funding for residents in six north London boroughs to install solid wall insulation in their homes to reduce energy usage. Enfield was the best performing borough of the six, with 281 properties on track to have solid wall insulation and the creation of a cluster of 20 accredited energy retrofit businesses, the largest in London. Enfield became one of the first British local authorities to set up its own energy company with the establishment of energetik in 2015. Its mission is to provide good value, reliable and environmentally friendly energy for a large number of local properties. At the LGC Awards, Enfield Council was also shortlisted in the Housing Initiative category, for delivering the Housing Gateway and Housing Innovation projects, to reduce the costs of temporary accommodation, and Campaign of the Year, for promoting the £42 million Cycle Enfield scheme.

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Down by the water

The master developer for the transformative £3.5 billion Meridian Water development has been announced. Lucy Purdy unpicks the details of what is one of the country’s largest housing projects and how it is set to be a catalyst in adding an estimated £3 billion to the UK economy

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“Our project team has unrivalled experience in delivering complex mixed-use regeneration projects”

The appointment of Barratt London as the master developer for Meridian Water made headlines when it was announced in May. “The boundary between inner and outer London is blurring,” declared the Evening Standard, placing the scheme top of a list of north London hotspots. “Live there and you could happily work north of London as well as in the West End and City,” the reporter noted. In June, the Standard returned to Meridian Water, under the headline: “Time to take the suburbs seriously”. But the huge scheme’s game-changing potential has long been known by those with a finger on the capital’s pulse. The project will provide 10,000 homes, 6,700 permanent jobs and 10,000 jobs in the construction industry as it takes shape in the London Borough of Enfield, alongside the tranquil Lee Valley Regional Park. Supporting infrastructure will include a rail station, shops, schools and a host of community facilities, in a beautiful waterfront setting. Such is the scale of the development that it will play a leading role in easing the capital’s housing crisis. As well as being master developer, Barratt London will work with Segro as a development partner. The announcement was accompanied by a tangible sense of excitement among the core team, with Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing and housing regeneration, Councillor Ahmet Oykener, remarking: “Now we can start getting boots on the ground.” “It is incredibly exciting that we have appointed Barratt London and Segro as their development partner to make Meridian Water a reality,” he says. “Now we can proceed with this transformational project and create a world class development which will improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of people. Meridian Water will play a huge part in helping to ease the housing crisis in London and will provide fantastic quality accommodation to thousands of families. It is a truly huge project.” Its full scale will take shape in stages. In March, the council submitted an outline planning application for phase one: 725 homes, supporting community facilities, a new Meridian Water rail station and utilities and infrastructure for the site. The first set of homes and the new station are scheduled to be available in 2018. Councillor Alan Sitkin, the council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration and business development, says: “Meridian Water will give an enormous boost to the construction industry both in London and the United Kingdom, creating thousands of specialist jobs as we create a legacy of opportunity, investment and employment in London.” Meridian Water has already been given housing zone status by the Greater London Authority, easing and speeding the delivery of new housing. The council hopes to class at least 30% as affordable, which would be family homes and flats. But the development is not just about housing. The scheme will also see significant investment in the

Left and above Community amenities such as cinemas, restaurants and cafes are envisaged for Meridian Water. Illustrations may be subject to change.

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Right and opposite Initial design proposals have been drawn up for Meridian Water, showing an emphasis on green space and quality architecture. Below A visualisation of the new Meridian Water station. Final designs may be subject to change.

area’s community facilities and transport links, boosting connectivity between north London and the Lee Valley corridor. It will act as a catalyst for adding an estimated £3 billion to the UK economy by 2036, stimulating growth in the region. Schools, a medical centre, shops and sporting facilities will also be created, and by 2030, Meridian Water could be connected to the Crossrail 2 route, which is currently being proposed by Transport for London and Network Rail – it is supported by Enfield Council. The new service, which could start running in 2031, would reduce the journey time between New Southgate and Victoria stations to just 21 minutes. Barratt London, the development partner, is part of Barratt Developments, the UK’s largest housebuilder, which delivers more than 2,000 new homes in London each year. Alastair Baird, Barratt London’s regional managing director, says: “Barratt London and our development partners, Segro, are delighted to have been selected by the London Borough of Enfield as its preferred development partners for one of the most exciting regeneration opportunities in London. “We look forward to collaborating with the council in the coming months and years to ensure that we deliver the right mix of housing, infrastructure, jobs and public services to create a sustainable community that will benefit existing and future residents of the area. “Our project team has unrivalled experience in delivering complex mixed-use regeneration projects that deliver both jobs and much-needed new housing.”

PRIDE OF PLACE Meridian Water is Enfield Council’s flagship regeneration scheme, and a project about which the authority is justifiably excited. It will unfold across 85ha in the south-east of the borough on the border with Haringey and Waltham Forest, and is one of the largest areas for development in London. Its location is within the Mayor of London’s wider Upper Lee Valley opportunity area. The scheme will create a sought-after destination for living, working and socialising, dispersing growth and prosperity to surrounding neighbourhoods and is set to help lift Edmonton out of the 10% most deprived areas in England. Peter George, Meridian Water programme director at the council, explains how the scheme’s regeneration framework will help do this. It focuses on six key areas, ranging from opportunity creation and environmental value, to business growth and the future economy, along with sustainable infrastructure, resources and energy. “The framework importantly identifies the pioneer stage of Meridian Water,” George notes. “Within the next five years we want to change perceptions of the area, raise awareness, bring in new uses, increase footfall and develop lasting impact.” 14 Meridian Water Opportunity Enfield

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Over the next two decades the project will employ 10,000 people in construction When the new neighbourhood is completed 6,700 people will work here Enfield Markets

The Evening Standard is warning interested parties to “get in quick” when it comes to buying property at Meridian Water. This appears to be sage advice. An overarching transportation strategy for accessing Meridian Water is in place that will revolutionise the connectivity of the area, including a £140 million investment in public transport. Enfield is already very well linked to road and motorway networks and so suits commuters. Plans include a new Meridian Water station (which will replace Angel Road station in 2018) and a new third track improving accessibility into central London. All of these add up to some enticingly short journey times to key destinations, placing Meridian Water within 30 minutes of Westfield Stratford, 35 minutes from Stansted airport, 22 minutes from City airport, 43 minutes from Heathrow, and two hours and 50 minutes from Paris via Eurostar. Enfield is also benefiting from £30 million of cycle lane investment through its Cycle Enfield programme. Meridian Water will be linking up to this new network, as well as providing a network of supporting footpaths. And though transport is the focus in the short term, infrastructure also includes investment in energy, utilities and digital connectivity. Sustainability experts from around the world have expressed interest in energetik, Enfield Council’s own company, set up to build a community energy network. It will provide better value energy that is reliable and environmentally friendly to Meridian Water and neighbouring communities.

Delivery of the huge regeneration project will attract investment of £3.5 billion

WORKING IT Meridian Water will generate thousands of jobs and provide a dynamic new employment sector, according to the council. When the scheme is completed, it will support 6,700 permanent positions, and 10,000 jobs in the construction industry will be provided over the project’s 20-year lifespan. The permanent jobs are expected to include a

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“Meridian Water will give an enormous boost to the construction industry both in London and the UK”

Right and below The Meridian Water development is projected to add £3 billion to the UK economy by 2036.

mix of creative, professional, low-carbon, digital and media, hi-tech and engineering business opportunities. A mix of large business ventures are expected to take root alongside startups, offering entrepreneurial opportunities to those who might find it difficult to take on commercial space from the outset. “This is a step change in the commercial use in the area,” explains Sitkin. “It’s a move away from industrial warehousing and logistic-type uses, which are relatively plentiful across the borough. It will provide opportunities for businesses of all sizes ranging from large business ventures to startup operations.” Meridian Works is also part of the pioneering phase of the Meridian Water regeneration framework. “This is about changing perceptions to increase awareness, diversify uses, generate revenue and self-

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sustaining income for the area,” says Sitkin. Enfield has the advantages that come with being an outer London borough: reliable infrastructure, green spaces, attractive housing, low crime rates and excellent levels of education. Come 2018 it will be only minutes from central London too. Meridian Water is at the forefront of the council’s vision to create 40,000 new jobs by 2036 and will help establish Enfield as one of London’s newest opportunity areas for business location and growth. Enfield Council will be launching a built environment training centre to offer opportunities for local people to gain the skills to be able to take up these jobs. Meridian Works will provide some of the space to deliver this, as well as initial funding to support the first cohort of learners.

Left Design ideas visualise Meridian Water as a waterside destination for living, working and socialising.

The council has also promised to pay the London living wage for all council jobs created by Meridian Water. (See page 34 for a feature on Meridian Works.)

MAKING SPACE After a programme of land acquisition for the Meridian Water site, the council is now a major landowner in the area. In April 2015, three former National Grid sites were acquired, capable of together providing approximately 2,500 new homes, and the council has also purchased the six-hectare Orbital Business Park. “We are now negotiating the acquisition of three more sites which will collectively provide enough land for a further 3,500 homes and employment uses,” explains Peter George. Councillor Doug Taylor, leader of Enfield Council, says: “The inspirational development opportunity at Meridian Water will transform the area. It will utilise the Lee Valley waterways to create an attractive environment, set around healthy living corridors. This new community will provide quality housing spanning all tenures, as well as commercial and community facilities. This will not only bring new life to Enfield but reshape and transform the whole of north London.” 17 Meridian Water Issue 7 Summer 2016


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Seven Sisters

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As a busker gently plucks at a classical guitar, the smells of cooking bacon and brewing coffee waft along The Sidings, a strip of railway land sandwiched between a station and the gardens of suburban north London. With families, dog walkers, Sunday morning cyclists and joggers mingling beside the Bike Boutique’s coffee stall and Dee’s Pies, it is hard to imagine that The Sidings, seemingly a quintessential farmers’ market, only launched 16 months ago. Market manager Trevor Flack explains that when he and his team heard the lease was up on the Winchmore Hill plot, off Station Road, they leapt at the chance to

Changing shopping habits are seeing traditional markets superseded by internet retailing and pound shops. To survive and thrive, they are having to adapt and diversify their offer, and in Enfield, Ruth McKee finds success in their approach

Above The wellestablished farmers’ market at The Sidings in Winchmore Hill has only been running since winter 2014.

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Above Feeding the foodies, who are attracted to the farmers’ market at The Sidings. Opposite Musicians are encouraged to use the bandstand at Enfield Town market.

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take it over. Although they were not quite sure what they could do with the land, they immediately saw its potential. “The first thing we did was to talk to people in the neighbourhood,” he says. “And we started thinking what the possibilities were, and that’s when we came up with the idea of a farmers’ market.” The market has gone from strength to strength in recent months, but with changing shopping patterns seeing many people turn their backs on the high street in favour of the internet, what is the secret of its success? The answer could lie in the groundwork Flack and his team did before even setting up the first stall. “We communicated – big time – with residents, and so we knew there was a bit of a calling for something like this in the area. People nowadays do enjoy nicer food and so that’s the direction we went in,” he explains. As well as tapping into foodie trends, the manager knew that a successful market is about more than just a fruit and veg stall and some nice bread. Looking at the groups of people clustered around the stalls, catching up, while dog leads and children get tangled up between legs and tables, he tells Opportunity Enfield that to make a market work, you have to make it a comfortable, welcoming environment. “People can come down and meet their neighbours here, meet old friends they haven’t seen in a while, and obviously they buy the ingredients that they might take home and cook later,” he says.

While The Sidings looks bustling and thriving now, Flack is all too aware that running a market can be financially risky and he reveals that in the first few months the management found it challenging to build up a group of regular pitches. “A lot of these stallholders are sole traders so if they have problems, we feel it. If they have family commitments, or are sick, we lose a stall that day,” he says. “We are fuller now – there are always hiccups but we have had the chance to expand one or two stalls and put an extra one up.” So what was it that saw them become so established, with regulars turning up half an hour before opening time to queue at their favourite bread stall? “The calibre of the stallholders,” he responds at once. Pointing to the chocolatier who has been doing a brisk trade all morning, he continues: “This guy really does know his product, he knows all the history. All these guys know their products.” This flexibility, and an emphasis on sourcing quality produce, is reflected in the revamped Enfield Town market just a few miles north of The Sidings. The market holds a charter dating back 700 years and is run by the Old Enfield Charitable Trust, the owner of the market square. It is unique in that profits from the rents paid by stallholders are ploughed back into the local community, through grants to those in need in the borough.

Enfield Town has been home to a market for 700 years

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The Sidings in Winchmore Hill has been the site of a thriving farmers’ market since November 2014

“People are fond of the Market Square and regard it as the borough’s heart an iconic focal point”

Edmonton Green has hosted a market since 1881

Following the first ever financial loss, the entire market underwent a revamp shortly before Christmas 2015. Rethinking the market entailed the exploration of unoccupied niches – the need for traders to differentiate their stalls from the routine offer that shoppers find in plentiful supply. Since the new year, the market has turned a corner, recently bagging the title of Best Large Community Market of the Year at the Great British Market Awards. Sue Attwood, chairwoman of the trust, believes some of this success is down to an emotional connection between shoppers and the market. “People throughout the borough are fond of the Market Square, which we own, and tell us they regard it as the borough’s heart – an iconic focal point,” she explains. Like Flack, she believes that for any commercial venture to succeed in the age of supermarket and internet shopping, where customers can order an entire weekly shop at the tap of an icon, you have to listen to what they want. “Anyone passing by can see the benefits of our recent substantial investment in modern stalls and livery, but more fundamentally we are on a journey with our traders and their customers, to find what they want from a 21st century market.” Before the revamp, the market was based on traditional fruit and veg, clothes and bric-a-brac stalls, but after looking at what demographic changes had 21 Lifestyle: markets Issue 7 Summer 2016

Above Local sources – Victoria Bakery from nearby Barnet is popular with shoppers at Enfield Town market.

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happened locally, they realised they would have to work to attract the new generation of Instagrammers and food lovers. It seems foodies hold the key to the future of markets. To keep pace with this changing population, the trust is in the process of seeking the views of a group of young people: “To try and understand their wishes, both as purchasers and potential traders. They see some exciting opportunities and we are looking forward to their conclusions.” With conventional high street shops struggling, perhaps markets, with fresh and artisan produce, could hold the key to saving the British high street? Attwood agrees there is something very attractive for

shoppers in buying locally sourced produce from artisans and experts: “Shopping in a market square is different even from an indoor market,” she says. “We think we are doing our bit to revive the feel people expect from a market town, but there is no doubt that many others need to do that too if we are to make the most of Enfield’s huge potential to be the pre-eminent north London market town.” Enfield is also home to a busy indoor market in Edmonton Green shopping centre in the east of the borough. Edmonton Green has managed to thrive with the backing of St. Modwen, the retail consortium which runs the main shopping centre. The stalls in this diverse corner of north-east London reflect the communities clustered here, with Mauritian groceries, African and Caribbean fruit and veg, Turkish rugs, and Asian and African fabrics all on offer in the market that has been going strong for more than 130 years – since 1881. A spokeswoman for St. Modwen explains that its success is also down to the traders’ fast responses to shifting demographics. She says: “Because of the market’s strong connection with the local community, traders are highly attuned to their customers’ requirements and continually adapt their product offer to respond to shifts in the local population.” Each of these markets is succeeding in a competitive retail environment – and representatives of all three claim the same key to success. So what is it that seems to work, time and time again? It is, simply put, to know your customers and, above all else, to listen to them.

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The programme called ‘Give Someone a Start’ was first developed by Britain’s biggest water firm in 2012 and is supported by the government. It shows participants what employers are looking for while also equipping them with practical skills and hands-on experience in a real workplace.

The majority of the new posts are in construction with some administration roles on offer as the three-year project progresses. There will also be opportunities through apprenticeships and an offender rehabilitation employment scheme. At least 20 per cent of the jobs are guaranteed to go to people living in the Enfield borough and the neighbouring boroughs of Haringey, Waltham Forest, Epping Forest and Broxbourne. A shuttle bus operates between the site and Tottenham Hale station to provide easy access for new recruits.

They’ll also be given tips on interview techniques and CV writing and take part in a workshop to sharpen-up their IT skills. This is the first time that the scheme has been run on one site.

STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM. The project team now has 12 STEMNET Ambassadors who are already engaging in activities with local schools delivering activities including Thames Water’s Network Challenge. In addition, eight local students have recently successfully completed work experience placements at Deephams.

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Investment and regeneration: location of the current projects around Enfield KEY TO PROJECTS Planned and in the future Current and in progress Completed during the last year SOUTH-WEST (SW) 1 Palmers Green Library Enfield’s recently refurbished flagship library. 2 North Circular Notting Hill Housing, working with Allenbuild and Bugler, is scheduled to complete this development in March 2018. It will deliver 211 homes for affordable rent, market rent and shared ownership. SOUTH-EAST (SE) 3 Meridian Water A community of more than 10,000 homes, 6,700 jobs and a variety of public facilities. 4 Meridian Works London Regeneration Fund project with Enfield Council working in conjunction with Building BloQs and Acava. 5 Edmonton Green Library A £4.2 million project to refurbish the existing building to create a two-storey library and digital access centre. 6 Angel Road station New Meridian Water station to launch in 2018 with improved train frequency. CENTRAL (C) 7 Southbury House Conversion of former office to residential. Will provide 115 studio apartments and nine one-bedroom flats. 8 Parkside Forty new homes completed by Fairview – a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

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9 Chase Farm Hospital Transformation of outdated existing buildings into a new hospital. Plans also include a residential scheme and a new school. NORTH-EAST (NE) 10 North-east Enfield An area action plan is to be adopted (June 2016) supporting key areas of regeneration, improvement of high streets and better transport infrastructure. 11 Ponders End Qube A temporary multi-purpose community facility has been built at the site of the former police station on Ponders End High Street. 12 High Street TfL Transport for Londonbacked project to make improvements to Ponders End High Street. 13 Electric Quarter A flagship regeneration project on Ponders End High Street will deliver 167 homes and commercial space. 14 Melling Drive Former Carterhatch Council Depot, Melling Drive. Redevelopment to provide 150 houses and flats. 15 Alma estate Complete redevelopment, providing a minimum of 993 homes, a doctors’ surgery, retail space and a gym. Phase one planning permission has been approved with start onsite in late 2016. 16 Navigation Park Part of an £80 million investment by Segro in Enfield. Camden Brewery is the first tenant to move in at Navigation Park, due to open in spring 2017.

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17 Dujardin Mews Thirty-eight new council homes in Ponders End. 18 Elizabeth House An 80-bed, privately-run care home reprovision. WEST (W)

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19 New Avenue More than 400 new mixed tenure homes built by 2023, as well as associated community facilities. Works to begin in 2017.

25 Lavender Hill Twelve new homes of one and two bedrooms.

20 Trent Park Former Middlesex University campus – conversion and redevelopment for housing.

27 Tudor Crescent Fifteen new homes made up of a mix of flats and houses.

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28 Jasper Close Eighteen new homes comprising flats and houses. 29 Holtwhites Hill Eight new homes, consisting of a mix of flats and semidetached houses. CYCLE ENFIELD 30 A1010 north 31 A1010 south 32 A105 33 A110 The £42 million Mayor of London funded MiniHolland cycle project, including segregated cycle lanes on four main road routes.

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Alongside the residential element will be new commercial space, a community centre and an 80-bedroom hotel, which will deliver employment and training opportunities for local people.

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The first will create 40 new homes – 23 affordable and 17 for private sale. Work started in March 2014 and will be finished in autumn 2016. The scheme will meet code level 4 for Sustainable Homes. Low carbon heating for the entire estate will be supplied by the Lee Valley Heat Network.

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• Unrivalled opportunities for technology, retail, manufacturing and green industries within easy reach of the M25, A406, A10, London Stansted Airport and central London • Join over 10,000 businesses including Coca Cola, Kelvin Hughes, Warburtons, Ardmore Construction, Ikea, John Lewis, Tesco, Building BloQs and Biffa employing nearly 100,000 people • Enfield offers support to businesses considering locating in Enfield with advice on available sites and premises, support with recruitment and introductions to local stakeholders and support with sourcing local suppliers.

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The small housing sites project will involve the redevelopment of seven council-owned sites across the borough to provide 94 new homes. The sites are located on Parsonage Lane, Jasper Close, St Georges Road, Lavender Hill, Holtwhites Hill, Forty Hill and Tudor Crescent. They include six former sheltered housing blocks and one former garage site. The scheme will include 37 units which will be allocated as affordable – 20 for social rent and 17 shared equity. Completion of the sites is expected in 2016. Within the project, the council will then continue to bring forward smaller scale sites across the borough for housing development. They include blocks of underused garages and various parcels of underutilised estate land, which have the capacity for new housing. The idea is to package these smaller scale sites together. The council is working with architects to get planning consent and will be taking a mixed approach, by either funding development and finding a building contractor, or allocating the sites to a development partner or registered provider. Some of these tender opportunities will be posted in 2016.

Right Sites in Lavender Hill (top), Tudor Crescent (middle) and St Georges Road (bottom) are earmarked for smaller housing schemes.

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14 Electric Quarter The £46 million Electric Quarter regeneration plan, to be delivered by Enfield Council and Lovell Partnerships, proposes a mixed-use scheme including 167 homes, new retail and business units. The council is negotiating with landowners to acquire all the land required. A temporary multi-purpose community facility, the Qube, is currently on-site providing flexible space for the community. It will stay there for around two years until the second phase of the regeneration project starts. A new home will then be found for the Qube. Major scheme funding from Transport for London is due to enable work to start on-site before the end of 2016. It will enhance Ponders End High Street by reducing traffic dominance and improving the public realm. Specific interventions include creating shared spaces, new cycle areas, planting trees and landscaping.

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16 Alma estate The £150 million regeneration of the Alma estate in Ponders End will provide almost 1,000 homes, retail space, a GP centre, gym and improved public realm. Covering 7.76 ha, it is Enfield Council’s largest housing estate renewal scheme, and will involve the demolition of 746 homes, 12 commercial premises and a 1,540sq m community space. They will be replaced with 993 new homes, 636sq m of retail space, a 150sq m restaurant or cafe and a 2,591sq m community or leisure space. A medical centre of between 532sq m and 833sq m will also be built, as well as a 439sq m gym, which the council says will be affordable, and an energy centre with planned future connection to the Lee Valley Heat Network. A multi-use games area, already on the site, will be retained. Open space, play facilities, public realm and highways will be improved. Work will also include landscaping and providing new access to the area. Countryside, the council’s development partner for the scheme, submitted a planning application in May 2015, which was approved the following September. The site is currently being prepared for demolition. The first block will be dismantled later this year. Work will be carried out in seven phases and is expected to be complete in 2028.

Far left Funding is in place and work is due to start on the Electric Quarter scheme in 2016. Above and left Enfield Council first announced plans for the Alma estate in 2012. Planning permission is now in place for 1,000 homes.

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Ponders End continued 18 Dujardin Mews Part of the Alma estate regeneration programme, Dujardin Mews in Ponders End will provide Enfield with the first new council homes in decades. The scheme includes 38 new homes: 19 for council rent and 19 for shared equity. The development is named after Enfield-born Olympic equestrian double-gold medallist at London 2012, Charlotte Dujardin. Construction started in January 2015 and the scheme will be completed in summer 2016.

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The New Avenue estate regeneration programme will see more than 400 new mixed tenure homes built on a 4.27-ha site in Southgate. The project, part of Enfield Council’s estate renewal programme, involves the redevelopment of an area including Beardow Grove, Coverack Close, Oakwood Lodge and Shepcot House. Community facilities and improvements to the external environment will also be delivered. The council, developer Countryside, architects HTA Design and residents are currently progressing designs. Work should start on-site by 2017 and be completed in 2023.

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Left and below Dujardin Mews – the first new council housing in Enfield in decades.

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Maker’s mark

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The success of Enfield’s Building BloQs workshop, used by a variety of bespoke producers, has inspired collaboration and a move to a huge new workshop, Meridian Works. James Wood finds out how a big orange shed grew into a £2.7 million project

Designers and producers need access to expensive machinery and tools, but also space in which to operate. Pressure is considerable on those who might have a viable business idea but lack the resources to start up. Renting space in inner London is particularly expensive and even when it’s feasible to invest in equipment, finding space to store and run it is a trial. These common problems led to four friends setting up Building BloQs in 2013 with around 30 members. An orange shed off the North Circular Road in Enfield is the venue for a huge variety of makers – now more than 180 – allowing entrepreneurs and startups to use high quality equipment at a fraction of the costs associated with renting space elsewhere in London. Creative makers are looking to the more affordable outer London boroughs, in the type of enterprise which can make it easy and flexible for makers to use. A boon for Building BloQs’ members is how the co-owners allow access – workbenches and studio space are rented on a flexible, pay-as-you-go basis. Membership costs £40 a year and space is hired at between £20 and £36 a day, depending on the size and type of work bay. For businesses starting out, this is ideal: when the work is there, the facilities are there too. In this unassuming studio near to a vast Ikea store selling mass-produced furniture, members work with materials such as wood, metal and textiles to produce bespoke furniture, art, clothing, bicycles and a whole range of goods that are snapped up by businesses and residents in the vicinity. Collaboration between members is just as important as helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to get started. The facility features a cafe serving up a different lunch menu every day, offering the opportunity for makers to meet. Co-founder Al Parra says: “We have always nurtured this idea that we wanted to create a facility that was useful to as many people as possible. Clearly, if you share access to a resource that you’re not able to afford on your own, suddenly a great deal more is possible. “The idea is that we bring as many different traits, crafts, skills and practices under one roof, in order for people to cross-fertilise, learn from each other and most importantly, feed and commission each other. What we’re really seeing now is the growth of our own mini economy.” There are a few surprising members. According to Parra, only 400 practising blacksmiths remain in the UK and three of them are signed up at Building BloQs. “One more and we’ll have one per cent of the entire country’s population of blacksmiths,” he remarks. Members mainly use the space for business: “Some are pursuing hobbies but most have a commercial interest,” says Parra. “Many support themselves almost entirely through the work they do here and there are certainly a lot who support themselves substantially.” Building BloQs has attracted cross-party political support, with the former London mayor Boris Johnson visiting towards the end of his tenure and shadow chancellor John McDonnell turning up in the spring.

Parra says Enfield Council has always been supportive of the project: “The remit of the local authority is to make the community more sustainable and to increase the options available to residents and its young population. Building BloQs helps support this ambition.” Councillor Alan Sitkin, cabinet member for economic regeneration and business development at Enfield Council, says: “Our support is explained by the council’s ambition to revive our old manufacturing tradition, combining this with our population’s aboveaverage entrepreneurial streak.” Enfield Council has been awarded £1.35 million from the London Regeneration Fund, to be match-funded by the master developer and contractors working on projects in Meridian Water. The council, in collaboration with delivery partners ACAVA – the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art – and Building BloQs, will develop Meridian Works, a £2.7 million project, which will deliver a huge space for creative makers, artists’ studios and a sky bar, in Meridian Water.

Above Rob Quirk makes bespoke bicycle frames. Top and opposite Meridian Works, impressions of how the £2.7 million building could look.

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Below The move to Meridian Works will create the largest facility of its kind in Europe. Right Designer Alis Le May is committed to promoting sustainability in the fashion industry. Opposite Commissioned by You takes on sculpture, fabrication or commercial refurbishment projects. Opposite below An artist’s view of how Meridan Works could look when completed.

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ACAVA, a leading provider of studio space in the UK, also stages exhibitions, manages public art commissions, community arts projects and digital arts training. At Meridian Works it will provide around 20 studios for 34 artists and will run an arts programme. A community outreach scheme will engage people living in the area. The funding comes when Building BloQs has outgrown its current space. It intends to use the grant to move across the estate to a warehouse that will provide around 4,645sq m of workshop space, offering a wider range of machinery. Building BloQs will become the largest facility of its kind in Europe, able to cater for a community of 1,000 freelance makers, small businesses and designers with a range of trades and disciplines. It is anticipated that the new premises will be operational within 18 months. A wider range of members will be able to use Building BloQs after the move. “That’s people working in plastics, people working in electronics or those who need access to a design studio,” Parra says. “We’ll have more textile facilities and more digital technology such as 3D printing. “Most importantly though, the users really value their membership. They appreciate the opportunities it allows them, the chance to be self-sustaining. Many makers are being pushed out of London, away from their market and this allows them to stay close to it.”

SHE’S IN FASHION The most recent addition to Building BloQs is an open access fashion studio set up earlier this year by entrepreneur, Alis Le May. An alumni of the London College of Fashion, she spent three months in Kenya in 2015, where she managed 50 people in a textiles factory located in a rural village three hours from

Mombasa; an experience she describes as life-changing. Returning to the UK in October 2015, Le May’s newfound determination to set up a studio led her to Building BloQs, near her home: “I came here seeking advice on how to do it, but one thing led to another and it turned out there was a chance to become part of the team,” she says. This year Le May has set up the studio, which attracted three members within its first month. She is in talks with fashion shops and haberdashers, and has approached universities where she seeks to persuade graduates of the virtues of the project. Promoting sustainability within the fashion industry is another passion, and much of Le May’s time this year has been spent setting up an event at the facility in partnership with Fashion Revolution. The organisation was established after 1,134 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured, when the Rana Plaza fashion complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The initiative promotes sustainable and ethical practice in the industry; two days of student workshops took place in April, led by sustainable fashion designers. Plans for Building BloQs’ new facility are gathering pace and Le May is in talks with a growing number of designers. As new machinery and space becomes available, she is confident that membership will soar. “The best thing about this is seeing people’s reactions when they come in. That’s really exciting to me. I anticipate we’re about to get very busy,” she says.

Meridian Works, a £2.7 million project, has been awarded £1.35 million from the London Regeneration Fund The new facility will provide 4,645sq m of workshop space with machinery and equipment Building BloQs has 180 members, three years after starting with around 30


“It’s such a wellmaintained, well set up, professional workshop”

With the cost of workspace in London rising fast, creative makers need flexible terms and Building BloQs works on a PAYG basis Enfield Markets

Take Sam Kennedy, a furniture designer with a master’s degree in interior architecture from Sweden’s Stockholm University. Match him with James Gilpin, son of a cabinetmaker, and a Royal College of Art alumnus with a background in sculpture, furniture design and fabrication – and the potential exists to create some impressive looking products for a range of clients. Commissioned by You has been operating at Building BloQs for more than a year and the move has proved a huge success: “It’s such a well-maintained, well set up, professional workshop,” says Gilpin. Flexibility and collaboration are key to the business and the nature of the pair’s work is a good fit for the facility. Gilpin and Kennedy design on everything from sculptures for art galleries, to furniture and commercial refurbishments. “We can have fabricators in here working on furniture for a whole shop refit or we can scale it back down and have some specialists in one bay working on something quite small,” explains Gilpin. “Right now we’re in the process of sorting out a contract for the next job. We use the community space – the restaurant where we have lunch together – to discuss projects with some of the other members. “The opportunities to collaborate are fantastic and you also learn from each other. There are quite a few people who run more established, older businesses that have given us some great advice.” For Gilpin, what also makes Building BloQs so unique is the people that run it. “Their heart and soul

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goes into it. These people have been where we are now and they know what we need. For them to do well, we all have to do well. “The more work we get and the more we can make it efficient and economical to be in the space, the better. It’s a win-win formula.”


Above Rob Quirk – now an award-winning bicycle frame maker – finds the pay-as-you-go service at Building BloQs has enabled Quirk Cycles to grow.

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Rob Quirk has been building bicycles as his sole job for little more than a year – a labour of love and a passion that has already seen him recognised as Outstanding New Framebuilder at Bespoked, The UK Handmade Bicycle Show in Bristol. “It took me three or four months to find a workshop space in London. I thought it would be easy but it’s really not,” he says. “Part of the reason it took so long is the kind of welding I do, called braising. It’s really explosive and there are laws around where it can be done. That limited the options in terms of space and, of course there was also a cost factor. Most spaces started at about £400 or £500 a month, which was pretty unaffordable. “If I didn’t have the pay-as-you-go service I wouldn’t be able to do this job full time. It really is invaluable.” During 10 years working as a practising artist and running bars, Quirk maintained an interest in modifying and working on his own bikes, but considered setting up Quirk Cycles when moving to London around six years ago.

“I’d always thought about it, but setting up your own business is not easy. “The advantage of Building BloQs is its resources: the gas I use for braising is already here and that is a massive help.” The tools Quirk has access to are just as important as the knowledge of other members, an on-site resource for getting specialised processes done: “You can spend a lot of time emailing people for this kind of work. “Trying to get someone else to do something for you is often quite hard and you can waste time. Here, you can just walk into a room and the people you need are there.” For the future, Quirk’s not going anywhere. But one thing he does anticipate gleefully in the new facility is metalwork being separate from woodwork: “Woodworkers make a lot of dust,” he explains. “You leave your bike in the evening and when you come back in the morning, it’s covered in the stuff.” Since starting at Building BloQs, the commissions have been rolling in and Quirk is now on his 14th frame, something that bespoke bicycle makers may take years to achieve. At the new building, Quirk can look forward to delivering more of his award-winning frames, in a space designed to meet his needs – and those of so many others. Such space for artisan makers is becoming rarer in London but will be a key feature in Meridian Water.

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Premier league 40 Wealth creators Opportunity Enfield

Large employers underpin Enfield’s economic health, with supply chains supporting smaller companies too. The borough’s location and connectivity make it well-placed to draw investors who need access to markets in London, the south-east and beyond – and it has a strong pool of skilled labour. David Harris discovers what brings wealth creators to Enfield

“Enfield’s connectivity to central London gives us excellent links to our projects across the capital”

A Premier League football club’s training ground, one of the country’s largest, privately owned construction and development companies, a national baker and foodon-the-go retailer and a world expert in surveillance and navigation – Tottenham Hotspur, Ardmore, Greggs and Kelvin Hughes are some of the diverse wealth creators which contribute to Enfield’s place as one of London’s commercial success stories. The north London powerhouse is a growing source of a skilled workforce. Investors deciding where to relocate need good premises, connectivity and skills, although insiders say Tottenham Hotspur’s £45 million training ground was built in Enfield partly because of the high number of Spurs fans who live in the borough (see panel on page 43). Founded in 1974 by brothers Cormac and Patrick Byrne, Ardmore has grown up in Brimsdown. From the Olympic Village to the complete refurbishment of the fivestar Corinthia Hotel in central London, the company has four decades of major projects in its portfolio. The heart of Ardmore has always been its Enfield headquarters, as development director Chris Langdon says: “Ardmore has been based in Enfield for more than 20 years and we have found Brimsdown to be an excellent location for our logistics warehouse, as well as our joinery, metalwork and stone factories. Enfield’s connectivity to central London gives us excellent links to our construction projects across the capital.” Kelvin Hughes had been in Hainault for more than a century when it decided to relocate to Enfield in 2012. The company has established itself not just as a technology

Left and below Ardmore has totally refurbished the five-star Corinthia Hotel on Whitehall Place. Left Ardmore has a strong record of support for apprenticeships.

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“The move was a shift not just from one side of London to the other – but from one century to the next”

Above Kelvin Hughes’ clients include navies all over the world. Its projects also cover technology to deter people trafficking and to prevent terrorist attacks.

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innovator but also a reliable partner to the world’s navies, coastguards and merchant shipping companies. With roots that can be traced back more than 250 years, the company also provides specialist navigation and surveillance systems to security agencies responsible for safeguarding borders, coastlines and critical national infrastructure. Mark Bown, the group’s marketing manager, says that the move was a shift not just from one side of London to the other, but from one century to the next. He says: “We needed a site that was fit-forpurpose and modern. The century-old site in Hainault was not really up to that. The move to Enfield gave us a new building on a site for which we took on a long lease and were able to adapt as we wanted – we put in two mezzanine floors. “Enfield Council was very encouraging and we are in a place where the available workforce is there for the growth we are expecting in the next few years.” The two sides of the firm’s business, Kelvin Hughes and Chartco, specialise in radar and digital maps respectively. It currently employs 400 staff, has a turnover of more than £70 million and, according to Bown, expects to double the size of the workforce in the next five to six years. This bullish expansion plan is based partly on one

of the new areas of business that the firm is entering into – the delicate area of security systems to protect borders. The company is reluctant to go into detail, but the technology involves radar systems that can better detect when unexpected traffic is crossing seas. Another specialism is in technology designed to protect infrastructure such as power stations and airports. Kelvin Hughes also works on security measures to protect against drones. The company operates globally at the leading edge in the development of contemporary and relevant technology intended to deter people trafficking and prevent terrorist attacks. Kelvin Hughes’ headquarters in Enfield is on the Ministry of Defence’s List X – as a non-government building that is approved to hold UK government confidential information, and therefore has to meet higher security requirements. At the other end of the technology scale, Enfield has also attracted traditional craft businesses, such as Greggs, which has a large bakery in the borough and recently set up a new distribution centre. The bakery first arrived in Enfield in the 1990s, when it was intended to supply 86 shops, but the strategic importance of the site has been underlined by subsequent expansions.

Spurs training ground

It’s not just mainstream businesses that have invested in Enfield. Those who have put money into the borough in recent years include Tottenham Hotspur football club, which has invested more than £45 million in its new training ground. A club spokesman says that Spurs has had a presence in Enfield since 2001 but that the final move of the full training facilities from Chigwell happened in 2012 to the specially named Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, not far from Myddelton House. The spokesman adds that there were a number of reasons that Spurs chose the Enfield site, including the fact that Enfield Council was supportive. The training ground is on a greenfield site but planning permission was granted because the club agreed to help develop sport for local people with outreach programmes and assisting young people to get good coaching. The club now estimates it is helping 500 young people in the area with extra football training through a mixture of its full time academy, local school groups and other coaching programmes. The excellence of the facilities is underlined because the full England side often use the Spurs training ground as their base on the day before international games at Wembley. Spurs’ presence in the borough can also be explained by Enfield containing more of the club’s fans than any other borough in the capital, including Haringey, where the home ground of White Hart Lane is situated. This seems to be partly down to Haringey’s population shifting northwards. One Spurs insider says: “Our fans are widespread across north London but we have more in Enfield than anywhere else, so it seems appropriate that we put our training ground there. I think what has happened is that our fans’ parents and grandparents started in Tottenham but have moved further north.” Several Spurs players also began their lives in Enfield, including popular midfielder Ryan Mason, who is one of many products of the club’s youth system. Ultimately, the new training ground is closer to White Hart Lane than the former site, Spurs Lodge in Chigwell, which the club had been using since 1996. It is also purposebuilt and gives Spurs the facilities they need for competing in the Premiership in the 21st century. All the team needs now is better luck next season.

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Above Tempting treats are still on offer from Greggs – but the company has repositioned itself to compete in the everyday food-on-the-go market.

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The biggest of these was after a 2005 refit when it started to supply 170 shops, a figure that has now grown to 240. Nationally, this is one of Greggs’ most important bakeries and it now employs nearly 250 staff. Although Greggs announced this year that it is to close three of its 12 bakeries in the UK, including one in Twickenham, the Enfield site again benefited from the restructure and is set to see part of a multimillion investment over five years from the big baker. Roger Whiteside, chief executive of Greggs, says: “In March we announced our intentions to invest substantially to support growth and reshape the supply chain in order to compete more effectively in the foodon-the-go market. This would require an investment of around £100 million over the next five years, to create additional manufacturing centres of excellence and increase capacity to support shop expansion substantially beyond 2,000 outlets in the UK.” The central position of Greggs’ Enfield operations brings other benefits to the company, which have included the filming of the Department for Work and Pensions’ promotional video to back the new workplace pensions scheme in 2013, and a subsequent ministerial visit. So, like Kelvin Hughes, Greggs plans expansion – but what is being done to encourage other firms to display a similarly bullish attitude? Commercial property agents say that investment in infrastructure is vital. Mark Joslin, director at agent Derrick Wade Waters, says: “Investment in the London to Cambridge main line is very important. Meridian Water is a huge thing. All of these big investments make the area more attractive to incoming businesses and tenants.” At the heart of the £3.5 billion Meridian Water project is a new integrated bus and rail terminal for Angel Road station which will provide the sort of connectivity that Joslin says is so important to incoming businesses. Meridian Water spans an 85-ha site and is expected to provide up to 10,000 homes and create 6,700 jobs. The

council’s development partners are Barratt London on the residential element and Segro, which is responsible for creating the urban logistics and industrial space. Alan Holland, Segro’s Greater London business unit director, says: “We have a longstanding relationship with the borough, with a number of industrial schemes already up and running, bringing jobs to Enfield and the wider region. We have a proven track record in delivering successful places for businesses to thrive, creating employment opportunities and helping attract inward investment to the area.” Enfield Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration and business development, Councillor Alan Sitkin, says: “Enfield is becoming London’s most dynamic borough in terms of a circular economy, ensuring that funds spent locally end up, as far as possible, in the pockets of local businesses and workers. “This success is seen in jobs growth far outpacing the London average. We take a proactive approach to helping SMEs fill in some of the gaps in regional supply chains and contact companies, big and small, to see how we can facilitate business coordination. This recently earned us a Local Government Chronicle commendation as Entrepreneurial Council of the Year.” The approach has impressed Joslin, who says: “The council has certainly grasped the nettle in terms of Enfield’s development, which bodes well for the future. I’d put Enfield in the top division of London councils. “What we hope for now is that the relatively old commercial property stock is supplemented by a new wave of development.” A combination of factors – huge areas of land for development, excellent and improving connectivity with Crossrail 2 on the horizon for 2031, and a skilled labour force in Enfield and its sub-region – all bring opportunities for wealth creators. Investors who view the Enfield market as a potentially lucrative one can be sure of the active engagement of the council, which welcomes further jobs and development in the borough.

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF CREATING LIFE CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES IN ENFIELD In 2010, Enfield Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Tottenham Hotspur launched the Section 106 Partnership. The aim of the partnership is to deliver projects aimed at benefitting the lives of people within the local community, and in 5 years it has delivered:





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Right Barratt London’s vision of how Meridian Water could be developed, with the new station ready for Crossrail 2.

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Infrastructure in Enfield is changing rapidly, with a new station, London Overground improving services and trains – and Crossrail 2 on the horizon. And on the energy front, homes and businesses will soon take heat and power from energetik, the local power network, as Paul Coleman reports

More than £70 billion is being invested in transport infrastructure nationally over the next five years, linking the UK like never before. And Enfield is set to enjoy its own transport revolution, with a host of improvements soon to transform the way people get around the borough – and how energy travels too. A huge part of making Meridian Water an enviable place for living, working and socialising is connecting it up, and infrastructure is also crucial in spreading growth and prosperity to surrounding areas. Luckily, an overarching strategy to this end is firmly in place. The planned transformation of this Upper Lee Valley industrial area of 85 hectares is the jewel in Enfield’s regeneration crown, with the potential to create 10,000 homes and 6,700 permanent jobs. Meridian Water is set to benefit from a £140 million rail investment that will see a fourth track adding muchneeded capacity and higher train frequency to the ‘STAR line’ that connects Stratford, Tottenham Hale and Angel Road. A new Meridian Water station will replace Angel Road in 2018. Rail enhancements will also benefit residents of Enfield Town, Bush Hill Park, Edmonton Green and Silver Street – who commute to Liverpool Street and the City using the Enfield branch line, part of the network of overground rail lines that serve the Upper Lee Valley. In 2015, control of the Enfield Town and Cheshunt branches was devolved from private operators to Transport for London’s (TfL) contractor for the wider London Overground network. Devolution to the more efficient ginger line means staff at stations during opening hours, inclusion in London’s zonal fares and a greater presence for Enfield stations on the London Underground map. TfL also intends to replace the current 30-year-old rolling stock with a new fleet of trains that will come into operation in 2018. Residents of western Enfield suburbs, such as Palmers Green, Winchmore Hill, Grange Park and Enfield Chase, commute daily to the City of London via the East Coast Main Line’s ‘Hertford Loop’. But, too often, commuters have to cram into Class 313 trains, built in the mid-1970s and now the longest-running electric rolling stock in mainland Britain. Happily, these workhorses are set for retirement. Siemens will deliver 25 new six-car trains by 2018 with vastly more space, full access for people with disabilities, ‘intelligent’ climate-control, real-time passenger information, power points and Wi-Fi. If it is given the go-ahead, Crossrail 2 – a £27 billion high frequency, high capacity, north-south London rail link – would boost Enfield’s infrastructure even further. By 2031, Crossrail 2 could be serving Enfield Lock, Brimsdown, Ponders End and Meridian Water in the east of the borough, and New Southgate in the west. It would also benefit residents using other stations who will be able to access the new services at Alexandra Palace and Seven Sisters.

Left The Hertford Loop will receive Siemens sixcar trains by 2018. Below Tranquil green space and raucous adventure – cycling and white water rafting in the Lee Valley Regional Park.

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New rail services will reduce journey times – New Southgate to Victoria would take just 21 minutes. “Crossrail 2 will significantly improve Enfield’s transport links and give residents greater mobility and personal freedom to access job opportunities and services,” says council leader Doug Taylor. “It would reduce congestion and the borough’s carbon footprint and drive the borough’s economic growth.” Other transport modes continue to serve the borough’s residents and drive its economy. The Cycle Enfield initiative is expected to reduce congestion, improve air quality and enhance public health. While safety fears deter many from taking to two wheels, Cycle Enfield creates the possibility of safely cycling or walking many routes, from school runs to shorter commutes. And public transport already serves the borough incredibly well. Enfield’s transport infrastructure network provides strong links to employment centres in the West End and the City of London, with this only set to improve. More than 40 bus routes crisscross Enfield with a plethora of regular night buses providing vital links for night and early shift workers and returning partygoers. Enfield’s road infrastructure links the borough to London and to the rest of the country. The A10 connects with Hertfordshire and Cambridge, while the A406 North Circular Road links Enfield to the A13 in east London and to Wembley Stadium in north-west London. Enfield also links to the national motorway network with the M25 orbital motorway accessed at junctions 24 and 25. For road travel, Enfield is a superb strategic location, with many buinesses having set up shop here in recognition. Residents have made use of the tube since the Piccadilly line was extended to the west of the borough in 1993, at Cockfosters, Oakwood, Southgate and Arnos Grove – the listed, art deco stations that beautifully enshrine Enfield’s infrastructure heritage and future. And as the 21st century gets into full swing, the Lee Valley Heat Network (see box, right) is set to further establish Enfield as a centre of power and energy.

Right London Overground took over from private operators in 2015 – stations are already smarter and new trains will run from 2018.

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The heat is on...

“This is an initiative that both reflects and underpins Enfield’s ambitious regeneration aims”

Radiators exuding warmth. Hot water cascading from taps. Power recycled from industry. Householders in the first 40 new homes at Montmorency Park – formerly Ladderswood estate – will experience these home comforts from autumn 2016. The Montmorency Heat Network will later supply another 477 homes, a hotel, school and small retail units. Low carbon heating and hot water is supplied by energetik, the local energy company established by Enfield Council. Cabinet member for economic regeneration and business development, Councillor Alan Sitkin, says: “This is an initiative that both reflects and underpins Enfield’s ambitious regeneration aims. Enfield Council is scheduled to make a major investment decision, following which the Lee Valley Heat Network would supply a massive 10,000 new homes and businesses at Meridian Water, with a possible future extension to Edmonton Green.” The Alma Road Heat Network will cover more than 1,000 new homes, shops, and a health and community centre. The New Avenue network includes 400 homes, a nursery and a community centre.

Opportunity Enfield partners group Joining together to support Enfield

Derrick Wade Waters Mark Joslin Grant Thornton Paul Dossett Lee Valley Estates Raechel Burgess Trowers & Hamlins Matt Bowen Sitematch London Paul Gussar SocInvest Harry Seal

For more information about these companies, visit

It’s a gas A decommissioned gasholder site is being marketed with a five-year lease. Sitematch research manager Huub Nieuwstadt reports

One of Enfield’s latest opportunities is an old gasholder site in the Meridian Water masterplan area. Measuring 0.7ha, the premises are located on Leeside Road south-east of Ikea and east of Watermead Way, half a mile south of the North Circular Road. Angel Road station is a 10-minute walk from the site and will offer regular services to Liverpool Street station. It will be rebuilt as Meridian Water station and could eventually be on the Crossrail 2 route. Tottenham Hale station is less than two miles south. The gasholder has now been decommissioned. The site is roughly circular and level, with a compacted hard surface, secured by a perimeter palisade fence. A gate allows access for vehicles. Utilities and telecoms are also available.

The site is being marketed by Glenny, which is looking to lease the property for open space storage or other approved uses. It is offered to let with a five-year lease and possible uses include car dealerships – for example, to store vehicles – or logistics companies.

For more information, contact Peter Ley, associate at Glenny: 020 8367 2334 or Sitematch London is an event that enables public sector landowners to engage with private sector developers, investors and occupiers. For more information visit

Left The former gasholder site is in an area of huge potential in Meridian Water.

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Developers – meet Enfield and other London councils 8 February 2017, The Shard, London Contact Paul Gussar at or on 0207 978 6840 for more information




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ALMA ESTATE, PONDERS END 993 new homes on the borough’s largest estate with retail, gym, medical and community facilities.

NEW AVENUE, SOUTHGATE A vibrant new development of 412 homes, with a pre-nursery school and multi-purpose community centre.

Countryside is delighted to continue our strong relationship with Enfield, with the addition of two exciting new developments in Ponders End and Southgate. Between them, these innovative regeneration projects will deliver 1405 new homes, 539 of which will be affordable, bringing sustainable prosperity to Enfield and the wider community. Put simply, we believe in making lives better.


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Opportunity Enfield is a magazine focusing on the regeneration of the London Borough of Enfield.

Opportunity Enfield 7  

Opportunity Enfield is a magazine focusing on the regeneration of the London Borough of Enfield.