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OPPORTUNITY ENFIELD / The regeneration of Enfield

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Autumn/Winter 2015/16 Issue Six

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The regeneration of Enfield Autumn/Winter 2015/16 Issue Six

Earth, wind and fire the north London powerhouse / Night moves culture and the economy / A better place housing zone for Meridian Water

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Countryside is proud to be working in partnership with enfield CounCil In July 2015, we celebrated the completion of 118 new homes, community facilities, a GP surgery and retail at Prowse Court & Lord Graham Mews in Edmonton. We are delivering a further 1300 new homes across two developments in Ponders End and Southgate.

Countryside works in partnership with public and private sector organisations to regenerate housing estates and secure the provision of high quality mixed-use and mixed-tenure schemes. We have undertaken more than 45 regeneration schemes since the 1980s and we have been building new homes in London and the South East since 1958.

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Top: New homes, community and retail facilities at Prowse Court & Lord Graham Mews, Edmonton Middle: CGI of new homes at Alma, Ponders End Bottom: Masterplan of new homes at New Avenue, Southgate

Editorial director Siobhán Crozier Head of design Rachael Schofield Designer Smallfury Design Deputy editor Maria Shahid Chief reporter James Wood Production assistant Chris Hazeldine Business development director Paul Gussar Business development manager Chris Joyce Office manager Sue Mapara Subscriptions manager Simon Maxwell Managing director Toby Fox


7 News Updates from business, regeneration and transport projects.

40 Lifestyle: schools As more families choose Enfield, new school places are being created to meet the demand – standards are rising too.

11 Meridian Water The £2.5 billion development begins to take shape, as the Greater London Authority designates it as a housing zone.

44 Lifestyle: night-time Entertainment and culture feature in the borough’s growing night-time economy.

17 The Enfield powerhouse Set to generate its own low-carbon heat for homes and businesses, the borough continues to innovate.

50 Business space Flexible commercial units with good facilities and a hotel nearby are replacing the old industrial sheds.

26 Map Location of development schemes. 29 Projects Planning consents and applications – summaries of the status of regeneration projects, planned or under way.

54 Sitematch A site with the potential for one of the largest warehouses in north London.

Cover illustration Sue Todd Images KSS Design Group, Powerday, Adrian Korsner / Sound Images, Enfield Council, Eco Vino Teatro, Countryside, John Sturrock / TfL, Pollard Thomas Edwards, London City Airport, LondonWaste, Coca Cola Enterprises, Halfords, Siemens, Karakusevic Carson Architects / Maccreanor Lavington Architects, Segro, Simon O’Connor, Millfield Theatre, Anne–Marie Sanderson, Bill Cooper, Johnson Matthey Printed by Bishops Printers Published by Southbank House Black Prince Road London SE1 7SJ 020 7978 6840 Enfield Council Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XA Subscriptions © 3Fox International Limited 2015. 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 6 Autumn/Winter 2015/16

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 (Opening Autumn 2015) 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.

Three shortlisted for Meridian Water Berkeley Homes, Barratt and Segro and Pacific Century Premium Developer (PCPD) are the three shortlisted candidates in selection of a master developer for Meridian Water, Enfield Council has announced. The decision on a developer or consortia will be made early in 2016, with the appointed partner beginning the project to deliver 8,000 new homes, the full range of neighbourhood facilities and support the creation of 3,000 jobs by 2035. To date, the authority has purchased 15ha of land to build an initial 4,000 homes. The 85-ha, £2.5 billion investment is adjacent to the waterside environment of the Lee Valley Regional Park, and will be only 20 minutes from central London. The council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration and business development, Councillor Alan Sitkin, said: “We need a world-class partner to help us deliver a world-class development. Meridian Water will transform our borough and play a significant role in driving the growth in north London. “The shortlist contains developers of international renown, and I am really excited about who our successful partner is going to be. They will be instrumental in helping us deliver this ambitious scheme to create thousands of homes and jobs in a superb waterfront environment.”


Housing zone confirmed Enfield Council’s flagship Meridian Water development has been confirmed as one of 20 housing zones in London. It will share with three other zones in the latest funding allocation of £162 million. Housing zones were set up by the Greater London Authority and the London mayor, with the target to build 50,000 new homes within 10 years. At Meridian Water, the housing zone provides financial support for construction of the first 3,650 new homes of which 1,460 will be affordable. A development partner will be announced early in 2016. The rail station at Angel Road will be redeveloped and renamed Meridian Water station, with four trains an hour due to connect to central London by March 2018 under the planned Stratford to Angel Road rail line. The council’s cabinet member for housing and housing renewal, Councillor Ahmet Oykener, said: “Meridian Water receiving housing zone status is tremendous news and will give a big boost to this flagship scheme. “Our aspiration is to provide 8,000 new homes and 3,000 new jobs in a fantastic waterfront setting in Meridian Water, a development which will help drive the regeneration of Enfield and the wider north London region. Housing zone funding will directly support the delivery of the first phase of 3,650 homes.”

“Housing zone status is tremendous news and will give a big boost to this flagship scheme”

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Through the grapevine

8 News Opportunity Enfield

A new wine bar has opened at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield. Run by local company Eco Vino Teatro, the bar sells organic, biodynamic, sustainable and natural wines. The Dugdale Centre is owned and managed by Enfield Council. Eco Vino Teatro opened in June, prior to a performance of I, Elizabeth, at the Dugdale Centre, directed by Guy Masterson. Enfield Council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration and business development, Councillor Alan Sitkin, said: “We want to create an increasingly thriving night-time economy in our town centres and our new wine bar will provide a pleasant and vibrant atmosphere in which theatre-goers and visitors can spend an evening with friends. “This is all part of our wider strategy to provide residents with alternative leisure venues to central London, and make Enfield Town their destination of choice when they are deciding where to go for a night out.”

Cycle consultation Enfield Council has entered into consultation with residents, businesses and community groups over proposals for the £30 million Cycle Enfield project. The money from the mayor of London’s Mini Holland fund will go towards the council’s aim of making cycling a more practical choice of transport. Proposals for the A105 scheme were on display at a Cycle Enfield exhibition at The Fox pub in Palmers Green in July. Consultation with residents, local businesses and other interested parties continued in September with plans on display at the Palmers Green Festival, the Enfield Town Show and at the Civic Centre. Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment, Councillor Daniel Anderson, said: “Cycle Enfield isn’t just about cycling. It is a great opportunity to redesign some of our high streets and town centres, making them more accessible, pleasant places to visit – places where people will want to visit more often and stay longer.”

“We want to create an increasingly thriving night-time economy in our town centres”

Plans approved for Alma estate

Going Overground More Enfield stations now appear on the famous London tube map, since former suburban lines were taken over to form an additional route on London Overground, the orange line on the map. This popular and efficient service now runs trains between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town, with the line passing through stations at Bush Hill Park, Edmonton Green and Silver Street. Another route which came into effect on 31 May will travel through Turkey Street and Southbury stations on the Cheshunt line, with trains provided by Abellio Greater Anglia and customers charged Transport for London (TfL) pay-as-you-go fares. London Rail managing director, Mike Brown, said: “We are very pleased to take over responsibility for these routes into and out of Liverpool Street and, over time, look forward to improving the services for the passengers using them. “Just as on London Underground, people will see staff at our stations at all times when trains are running – providing reassurance to the public as well as a turn-up-and-go service for disabled customers. TfL said 80% of pay-as-you-go fares are set to fall. “Passengers will also benefit from new fares which, in the most cases, will save them money, with Oyster and contactless payment continuing to provide the best value,” said Brown.

The developer Countryside has won planning permission for almost 1,000 homes as part of the Alma estate redevelopment in Enfield. As well as 993 homes built at the Ponders End site, a gym, shops and restaurants will also be developed. The scheme will be delivered over seven phases, and properties range in sizes and tenures including private sale, council rented and shared ownership – available through housing association, Newlon Housing Trust. Richard Cherry, CEO of partnerships at Countryside, said: “It is great that these plans, developed with our architect Pollard Thomas Edwards and planning consultant Terence O’Rourke, have been approved.” The plans involve the demolition of existing properties, including the four 23 storey tower blocks. There are also proposals for the development of Station Square at Ponders End railway station to “create a new gateway into Ponders End”. Countryside’s consultation with residents showed overwhelming support, with 84% in favour. Work is expected to start on the first phase in early 2016, with the first homes becoming available in early 2018. A completion date is set for 2026. The developer has already delivered new homes at Prowse Court and Lord Graham Mews in Edmonton, which were formally opened on 17 July 2015.

Enfield strikes investment deal Enfield Council has signed an £80 million deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to deliver regeneration. The funding will help deliver developments such as Meridian Water, and several smaller housing sites will also benefit from the investment, as well as the Lee Valley Heat Network company, which will supply heat and energy to homes at Meridian Water, the Ladderswood and Alma estates and New Avenue. EIB funding will also be used for Enfield’s schools expansion programme. News of the investment was announced at an event at the Gherkin in the City of London on 14 May. Leader of Enfield Council, Doug Taylor, said: “This investment will help us to deliver massive improvements in Enfield and drive the regeneration of north London as a whole, helping to create thousands of homes and jobs in the borough. “Enfield Council now has the opportunity to draw down on £80 million to improve Enfield’s economy, local environment and communities. It demonstrates strong investor confidence in Enfield’s regeneration plans.” Opportunity Enfield publisher, 3Fox International, managed the attendee list for the event, attracting developers such as British Land and Berkeley Homes. 9 News Issue 6 Autumn/Winter 2015/16

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A better place

Set in 85 hectares adjacent to the Lea Valley Regional Park, and only 20 minutes from central London, Meridian Water could not be in a better place to deliver Enfield Council’s aim of creating a “place for everyone”. The council’s ambitions for Meridian Water, a £2.5 billion regeneration project, include plans to create 8,000 homes and 3,000 jobs by 2035. Peter George, programme director at Enfield

The recent announcement that Meridian Water has been granted housing zone status places one of London’s prime regeneration opportunities very much on track. Aiming to set the standard for a world-class development, Enfield Council is soon to announce its consortium partner for the site. Maria Shahid speaks to those involved in making it happen

Council, says the local authority’s conviction that Meridian Water is one of the capital’s key regeneration sites – and vital to the future growth of the borough – has been strongly in evidence in its actions. The authority has taken the lead on the site’s assembly, most recently acquiring 15 hectares from two landowners with a view to building in excess of 4,000 homes. George says: “By taking the lead on the assembly

Above Meridian Water will be a catalyst in driving the growth of north London.

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“Meridian Water housing zone funding will support the delivery of the first phase of 3,650 homes”

we are making the proposition more attractive for potential developers.” The council is also in discussions with other landowners to continue to build on what has already been acquired, which in addition to the above, includes nine hectares purchased from National Grid earlier in the spring. Acquisition of a further four hectares could provide land for 1,000 more homes. Key to the council’s regeneration plans was a muchanticipated announcement as to whether Meridian Water would become one of the capital’s housing zones. The decision by the Greater London Authority (GLA) in early June to grant Meridian Water this status was greeted with much jubilation. Now that the GLA has identified the opportunities and ambitious regeneration plans on offer at Meridian Water, the project has an indicative funding allocation of £25 million. The council’s cabinet member for housing and housing regeneration, Councillor Ahmet Oykener, said at

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the time of the announcement: “The news that Meridian Water has received housing zone status is tremendous and will give a big boost to this flagship scheme. Housing zone funding will directly support the delivery of the first phase of 3,650 homes.” The council has already made progress in co-ordinating the essential infrastructure the scheme needs to be successful. Network Rail has approved £122 million of funding which will help to improve the existing Angel Road station and provide an additional third track, increasing rail provision to Meridian Water to four trains an hour from 2018. Angel Road is due to be moved to a more central location and will be renamed Meridian Water station. In addition, the Lee Valley Heat Network company (LVHN) has been established to supply heat and hot water to homes in Meridian Water and the surrounding communities. George, who led the housing zone initiative at the council, explains that the funding from the GLA was a

Below Meridian Water will provide a mix of uses, varied styles and tenures of housing and up to 3,000 jobs by 2030. Designs will maximise the benefit of the waterside setting.

crucial element of Enfield’s regeneration plans, allowing it to build affordable homes, as well as develop road and rail infrastructure. He adds that it will also go towards delivery on the authority’s ambition to build the LVHN – which could heat the whole of Meridian Water by 2018. And now Enfield Council has shortlisted three potential partners – Barratt and Segro, Berkeley Homes, and Pacific Century Premium Developer (PCPD). The decision on a master developer or consortium will be announced in early 2016. At a launch event in June, 180 property industry specialists gathered in central London to hear about opportunities in the Meridian Water project. “The council’s intention is to make the site a place for enterprise and innovation, so as to deliver significant economic growth in the borough,” according to Rob Leak, chief executive of Enfield Council, speaking at the event. The council began the process of finding a suitable developer or consortium partner by advertising in the Official Journal of the European Union, seeking applications from interested parties ahead of a full tender process. Cabinet member for economic regeneration and business development, Councillor Alan Sitkin, said at the launch: “We want to find a world-class developer or consortium to help us deliver a world-class development. Meridian Water will transform our borough and play a

Above and opposite Initial design ideas for Angel Square.

“The council’s intention is to make the site a place for enterprise and innovation, to deliver significant economic growth in the borough”

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“We are looking for a master developer with a track record in largescale and transformative urban regeneration”

significant role in transforming and driving the growth of north London as a whole. “We are making significant progress in delivering this superb scheme and we are now ready to find a master developer to help us turn our hopes, plans and dreams into a reality and provide thousands of homes and jobs in a superb waterfront setting.” Interest has been strong. In early July, the council received pre-qualification questionnaires from eight potential partners, made up of both UK and international developers. The next stage in the process required the submission of more detailed proposals by these developers. George explains that the council narrowed the eight potential partners down to three during the autumn, and by early 2016 it expects to have made a decision on its preferred development partner. “What we are really looking for is a master developer with a track record in large-scale and transformative urban regeneration, with the capability and vision to deliver 8,000 homes and 3,000 jobs, and crucially, who understands, and is committed to, the quality of design and placemaking required in urban developments.”

Above The delivery of Meridian Water is calculated to entail a total investment of £2.5 billion.

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“We will be placing a big emphasis on the inclusion of SMEs, in particular, in the supply chain. It’s in the architect’s brief to do so”

Placemaking Part of the council’s vision for Meridian Water is to create a place for enterprise and innovation. The council intends to attract new industries, based around local opportunities and sectors, including pharmaceuticals, bringing well paid jobs to local people. The intention is to make Meridian Water an attractive proposition for inward investment and business growth. The planned energy network has the potential to provide low-carbon heat, not only to residents but industries and businesses too, strengthening the area’s potential by creating improved conditions to facilitate inward investment, create new jobs and improve business performance. To begin delivery of the huge scheme, the elements that will establish the life of the community need to be in place, so the Meridian Angel primary school will open in 2016. The detailed design of Meridian Boulevard, which will link the eastern and western parts of the site, forming the ‘backbone’ of the scheme, is under way, with construction due to start later in 2015. Phases one and two of a new £3 million public open space, Angel Gardens, have recently completed, with further phases due for completion in spring 2016.

Meridian Water is only six miles from Junction 25 of the M25 Enfield Markets

During the course of the spring the council also announced that the award-winning practice Karakusevic Carson Architects is to lead the multi-disciplinary consortium that will design the scheme and manage a partnership of creative studios, bringing diverse skills and ideas to the project. Arup is the planning consultant, with Jerome Frost taking an advisory role on the project. Global engineering consultancy Arup has delivered some of the world’s most famous schemes, including the Gherkin, and is known for working with internationally renowned architects on the successful delivery of structurally complex projects. Frost has previously led the design and regeneration team at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and, while at Arup, masterplanned the regeneration for King’s Cross Central. The consortium is completed by European landscape architect OKRA, which has delivered projects such as Cutty Sark Gardens. “The consortium has already been instructed on the first phase of the site, Meridian Angel, which will include 600 to 800 new homes, a restaurant, gym

The entire Meridian Water site is equivalent to the area of 119 football pitches (85 hectares)

The Lee Valley Regional Park, which lies next to Meridian Water, is 42km long

and station square, with a view to making a planning submission in 2016,” says George. Joanna Rowelle is Arup’s project director on Meridian Water. “We’re really excited to be involved in this project; it’s one of the most important regeneration schemes currently happening in the London/Cambridge growth corridor,” she says. “We’re currently providing strategic advice on the planning application for phase one. Part of this will involve public consultation. There’s a lot to knit together. The council wanted a joined-up approach to the project, and we’re working closely with the rest of the design team.” George is keen to emphasise that although the consortium is managing the project as a whole, there are still plenty of opportunities for sub-contractors at Meridian Water: “We will be placing a big emphasis on the inclusion of SMEs, in particular, in the supply chain. In fact, it is in the architects’ brief to do so.” George adds that the council is looking to start remediation of phase one of the scheme, and by the end of 2016 is hoping to have a site ready for construction. Things are very much on track to bring Enfield Council’s vision for Meridian Water to life, regenerating “disconnected pockets of underutilised and vacant land” and, in the process, creating a low-carbon, ecologically responsible community which is also a great place to live, work and play. 15 Meridian Water Issue 6 Autumn/Winter 2015/16

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Earth, wind and fire

Below The borough continues its proud tradition as a place of innovation and invention – the Enfield powerhouse.

As it gears up to provide heat and power to its first customers, the Lee Valley Heat Network also aims to be Enfield’s hottest prospect for businesses, as Lucy Purdy discovers. Original illustration by Sue Todd

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The first light bulbs crackled with possibility when Joseph Swan worked on developing the technology in Enfield in the early 20th century. Now, innovation is snaking its way through the borough once more, not through buzzing wires but in the form of a system of highly insulated pipes. Carrying hot water from where it is created to where it will be used, for heating and hot water in businesses and homes, the Lee Valley Heat Network (LVHN) is breaking new ground in generating energy locally. Come next year, it will begin supplying customers on the Ladderswood estate in New Southgate, and the network will go on to provide heat to thousands more residential and commercial customers around the borough. Several sectors of industry, including pharmaceuticals, demand lots of heat in their processes and the project has positive implications for boosting Enfield’s economy. But how will the energy network actually work? The EcoPark Energy from Waste facility incinerates household waste, which creates steam that is passed through turbines to generate electricity. Some steam is unused and will be captured and converted to hot water. The community heat network of highly insulated pipes will run underground, allowing distribution of hot water to residential and commercial developments. Businesses face the prospect of healthy cost and carbon savings from joining the energy network. Several sectors rely on steam production for manufacturing and processing – and are aware of the economic benefits of installing heat and power units. By joining the LVHN, businesses can avoid the significant capital investment of installing combined heat and power or other lowcarbon units. Companies also avoid the need for dedicated space or meeting planning requirements for their own plant. With the council’s focus on inward investment, the LVHN offers the proposition of supplying low-carbon, affordable heat and hot water, steam and electricity to potential employers, manufacturers which are dependent on heat-intensive processes. While this sort of network is common in Europe, a city-scale heat network has yet to be completed in the UK. Those that have been built here rely on a single main heat source – typically owned or controlled by the network. But the Enfield version is more ambitious. It will, its team hopes, grow over time by drawing on a range of heat sources, connecting to where there is demand, and ultimately linking to similar networks serving the rest of London. Importantly for customers, the LVHN is being built to Scandinavian and German standards. All of the above ground pipework is 250% better insulated than the existing British Standard. Consumers will be protected by fair prices and customer service terms. So it will serve residents, while offering an economic boon for businesses as well. Councillor Alan Sitkin, cabinet member for economic regeneration and business development at 18 The Enfield Powerhouse Opportunity Enfield

Enfield Council, says: “In the initial phase we will supply low-carbon, affordable heat to 10,000 new homes and businesses. The first 40 homes at Ladderswood are set to receive heat during 2016. And the council is also being entrepreneurial, setting up a local authority-controlled company to deliver this large-scale infrastructure project, which is fast becoming reality and will make a real difference. The energy network is important in that it will not only provide residents with low cost heat and energy but the business community as well.” He adds: “It will add to their financial viability as well as providing an attractive reason for businesses to locate to Enfield.” It is a bold move, and an ambitious project. For Jayne Clare, the project’s delivery director, it is a chance to build something enviable from scratch. She says: “Having worked in this sector for many years, and with experience from Denmark, Holland and Germany, who are much further ahead in this field than we are in the UK, I see this project as an opportunity to get things right from the very start. As this is a local authority-owned project, it can work just as well as on the continent, taking a much longer-term view on investment, expansion and importantly, customer care. “ Our handpicked team of ‘best in field’ specialists are on board and fully committed to making this project a reality,” adds Clare. “This, added to the ‘can do’ attitude and support from both officers and councillors in Enfield, means this project will make a difference to not only the borough of Enfield but to the wider area of north London.” Also making waves across Enfield is the Meridian Water development, which is a huge focus for the LVHN. The network will initially use heat from the Energy from Waste facility at the Edmonton EcoPark – which already generates enough heat to kick-start a strategic network. The initial Meridian Water phase includes supplying heat and power to 8,000 new homes, the Segro hotel development and beyond. Apart from the main Meridian Water heating project, three satellite schemes will operate gas-fired combined heat and power facilities to serve an additional 2,000 homes at Alma Road, Ladderswood and New Avenue. The neighbouring boroughs of Haringey and Waltham Forest will also have the opportunity for their housing estates to connect to the LVHN. The scheme was given a huge boost when an £80 million investment deal to drive forward new infrastructure in Enfield was struck between the council and the European Investment Bank (EIB). A significant chunk of funding is being deployed in Enfield, part of an EIB-backed, £1 billion urban renewal programme, investment that is designed to improve the quality of life and health of Londoners. Announced at the Gherkin in May, this deal will help Enfield Council deliver several schemes, including projects in Meridian Water and the LVHN. It clearly demonstrates the strength of investor confidence being generated by the Enfield powerhouse.

“We will supply lowcarbon, affordable heat to 10,000 new homes and businesses”

Below Pollard Thomas Edwards’ design for the Ladderswood estate – initially, 40 homes will benefit from low-carbon energy supplied by the Lee Valley Heat Network. Below right and bottom Unused heat from the EcoPark Energy from Waste facility powers the Lee Valley Heat Network.

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Pressure points 20 The Enfield Powerhouse Opportunity Enfield

There is more to regeneration than inward investment and successful development. Integration of initiatives, effective masterplanning and a far-sighted vision all converge to deliver economic development and a cohesive community. In Enfield, the council and its partners are working strategically to deliver transformation on a massive scale, reports Lucy Purdy

Pushing ahead Enfield is laying the groundwork for a flourishing economic future. Neil Isaac, assistant director of economic development and sustainability at Enfield Council, points to a slew of factors helping to consolidate the borough’s success. “The membership of the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor sees Enfield as a key strategic partner, not only as far as London is concerned but also in a key regional growth corridor. The launch of the Meridian Water regeneration proposal along with the Greater London Authority (GLA) housing zone for this particular area is also important. “Existing businesses have invested millions in the borough, showing a commitment to remain put, and major commercial property developers such as Segro, Gazeley and Graftongate are spending on developing new sites in the borough, confirming Enfield’s position.”

“London City Airport [opposite] adds to Enfield’s locational advantages, as it can be reached by road in just over 30 minutes ”

Resilience in diversity The council aims to create 40,000 jobs, so what is the inward investment strategy behind delivering this? The authority has just completed its Route Map to Inward Investment, which sets out the next five to 10 years in terms of economic growth. Isaac explains: “It specifies key sectors for growth and how to deliver a more balanced economic platform, rather than being reliant on one key sector. We have a planning framework which protects the commercial and industrial zones against residential development for higher land values, unlike some neighbouring boroughs whereby residential has been shown as preferential to commercial development.”

More than 100,000 households in London are currently connected to district heat networks

Enfield Markets

Team work “We’re working with a range of many different stakeholders and partners,” says Isaac. “We see this as a complete partnership that is not solely reliant on one key ‘driver’ but about how one complements and improves and adds value to another.” He says the authority is newly dealing with all elements of the cycle, from commercial agents to businesses, to determine what all parties need. This is a challenge, but is the best way of accommodating their needs, as well as sharing Enfield Council’s vision. “That way, we achieve better balance and do not get stuck in a bureaucratic cycle of forms and governance passing back and forth and achieving nothing. In addition, we will be looking to provide enhanced expertise over time in specific industry sectors such as food production, rather than the historical version of ‘one size fits all’.”

Industries depending on high-grade heat: brewing and distilling; food and beverage manufacture; pharmaceuticals; paper and pulp; tyre manufacture; universities and research; waste water and sewage sludge

Plans from the mayor of London aim for 25% of heat and power to be generated through decentralised energy systems by 2025

Connectivity: location Connectivity is one of Enfield’s major selling points for relocating businesses, but imminent improvements will make it even more accessible. The council’s chief executive, Rob Leak, says: “Meridian Water is close to the City and the integration of suburban train lines into 21 The Enfield Powerhouse Issue 6 Autumn/Winter 2015/16

London Overground is resulting in significant upgrading of services. “It also puts more Enfield stations on the famous London Underground map, which spells out how good the transport links are, to anyone who is not familiar with Enfield.” The borough’s next major infrastructure development under consideration is Crossrail 2, with the possibility of four stations on the route running through the east of the borough, carrying passengers to central and south-west London on a swift and regular service. And if HS2 gets the go-ahead, Enfield businesses and residents would benefit from the Crossrail 2 link to the new station at Euston St Pancras. Leak says he hears a consistent message from relocating businesses: the borough’s location is key, in terms of the access to roads north, airports and also to the City of London. “This applies to ‘last-mile’ delivery logistics, as well as manufacturing for onward distribution. Enfield delivers access to London and markets throughout the south-east, with the airports adding huge import-export opportunities,” adds Leak. “For businesses, London City Airport adds to Enfield’s locational advantages, as it can be reached by road in about 30 minutes via the North Circular Road,” he says. Business and leisure passengers have an easy London Overground and tube link to Tottenham Hale, which is then just 32 minutes from Stansted Airport, also just 40 minutes by road. Workforce: skills Changes are afoot in the training of Enfield’s workforce. Isaac says: “A restructure at the council places the team dealing with schools and transition from education to employment into the economic development division.” This ‘streamlining’ decision, he explains, should make

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for a smooth transition for dealing more efficiently with businesses, identifying future trends in skills requirements. “Over time this will provide a more adept workforce that is aligned with business need.” Businesses: they come and they stay The North London Chamber of Commerce estimates there has been about £200 million in investment by companies based in Enfield to stay in the borough, including a £3 million refurbishment of Pearsons department store in Enfield Town. The retail offer is expanding elsewhere. In a highly visible, prime position on the busy A10 – Great Cambridge Road – Enfield Retail Park has been extensively refurbished, with the investment delivering strong interest from new occupiers. Nike, Carphone Warehouse, Toys‘R’Us, Costa, Boots, Subway, Nando’s, Pets at Home, Halfords, Sports Direct and M&S Simply Food are all established, and during summer 2015, Next opened a 5,575sq m store for its fashion and homeware ranges. Aldi opened a 1,675sq m unit in the autumn. Commercial and industrial occupiers are moving to Enfield, with the long-term picture presenting a persuasive case. Investors are keen to avail of opportunities arising from plentiful development space, both for residential and commercial schemes, as well as serious upgrades in transport, such as London Overground and Crossrail 2. Established: Coca-Cola Steve Thorpe, operations director at Coca-Cola Enterprises Edmonton, says: “We make, sell and deliver iconic global brands, but we pride ourselves on being a local business with our roots firmly planted in the communities within which we operate. We employ some 4,000 people across our sites in Great Britain, including

“We make, sell and deliver iconic global brands but we pride ourselves on being a local business”

Top left Green tech businesses such as Powerday are a feature of Enfield’s economy. Top right Coca-Cola Enterprises, about to celebrate 40 years in Edmonton. Left and far left For fun and fitness - Halford’s is trading in Enfield’s expanding retail scene.

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Below Siemens based its new Transport for London traffic management operation in Millmarsh Lane. Bottom Powerday invested £10 million in its new materials waste recycling facility at Brimsdown.

more than 200 at our manufacturing facility in Edmonton. We have a long established history at this site and will be celebrating our 40th anniversary in the area later in the year, a significant local milestone for us.” Relocator: Powerday London-based recycling and waste management company, Powerday, has completed the construction of its new £10 million, state-of-the-art, materials recycling facility in Enfield. Located at the company’s former waste transfer station in Brimsdown, the new facility will mirror the capabilities of Powerday’s existing Old Oak Sidings facility in Willesden Junction. The plant will process 330,000 tonnes of construction and commercial waste from the London area, producing high quality recycled materials and renewable fuels for the Energy from Waste market. The area has a long industrial heritage and Enfield Council is looking at further development of green businesses. This positive approach to the sector and a local need for these types of facilities made the investment decision an easy one for Powerday. The development of this plant will create up to 60 new green jobs and will include skilled and labourer posts for which full training will be offered, as well as opportunities in administration, driving, engineering and customer services. Powerday chairman, Mick Crossan, says: “We are a family business with an ethos of giving back and are keen to recruit from the local Enfield community, of which we are a part. “We greatly value our staff, many of whom are long-standing and who have helped Powerday become the ground-breaking recycling and waste management company we are today. We look forward to adding to our team and further benefiting Enfield, the wider London area – and the environment.” Relocator: Siemens Market leader in traffic management technology, Siemens, opened a regional traffic service operation in Enfield, dedicated to serving the company’s Transport for London (TfL) contracts. The new depot, which opened in May 2015 and is one of 20 facilities around the country, is a strategic move by Siemens to manage all London activities from one location. Around 40 new positions have been created in London, of which 34 are based in Enfield. Gordon Wakeford, head of Siemens’ UK mobility division, says: “Major investment in a new facility and new employees demonstrates our long-term commitment to a valued customer and will enable the team of dedicated technicians and customer support engineers to meet all operational requirements across London, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” “London is world-leading when it comes to traffic management and this new facility will allow Siemens to ensure that this remains the case for many years to 24 The Enfield Powerhouse Opportunity Enfield

come,” says Dana Skelley, director of asset management at TfL. “We look forward to continue working closely with Siemens to improve and innovate traffic technology across London and keep motorists, cyclists and pedestrians safe and on the move.” The Enfield Traffic Depot accommodates management and support staff, linked to a team of around 50 field staff. With additional training facilities for both Siemens and TfL staff, and testing facilities for both traffic signals and automatic number plate recognition technology, the facility also includes a full warehouse operation for traffic equipment and spares, enabling a swift response to all TfL requirements across London. Siemens consolidation of its TfL operations is a further sign of confidence in the Enfield powerhouse.

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Regenerating Enfield: with £2.5 billion of opportunities in Meridian Water alone KEY TO PROJECTS Planned and in the future Current and in progress Completed Industrial sites

10 Central Leeside A major regeneration project with space for 15,900 homes, creating a potential 15,000 jobs.


11 Angel Gardens New public park near Meridian Water with play areas and community garden.

1 New Southgate and Ladderswood Commercial space, a community centre, 517 new homes, and a hotel. 2 Southgate Town Hall On track to deliver 37 housing units: 18 affordable and 19 private. The affordable housing will be completed this autumn. 3 North Circular Enfield Council is now in the process of adopting the North Circular Area Action Plan. SOUTH-EAST (SE) 4 Meridian Water A new community of over 8,000 homes, 3,000 jobs and a variety of public facilities. 5 Advent Way Premier Inn hotel and restaurant recently opened. 6 Highmead New retail, 118 homes, four retail units and a health centre now completed and let. 7 Edmonton Green Ongoing investment and improvements to the Edmonton Green area, including the installation of lifts at the train station. 8 The Crescent Improvements to Grade IIlisted Georgian terrace. 9 Edmonton EcoPark Set to provide the next generation of waste services.

12 Upper Lee Valley rail A four trains per hour service by 2018. CENTRAL (C) 13 A10 Retail Park A major development at the old General Electric site. NORTH-EAST (NE) 14 Electric Quarter A flagship regeneration project on Ponders End High Street. 15 Ponders End A transformed gateway to the Lee Valley Park. 16 Alma estate Complete redevelopment, providing a minimum of 993 homes, doctors centre, retail space and gym. Phase one planning permission has been approved with start on-site expected early 2016. 17 Ordnance Unity Centre New library, community space, doctors surgery and dental practice. 18 Dujardin Mews Thirty-eight new council homes in Ponders End. 19 Enfield Warehouse and Distribution Centre A flagship mixed-use development capable of accommodating a range of options.

From packages of small sites to massive developments, there are opportunities for investment throughout the London Borough of Enfield

WEST (W) 20 Cat Hill Residential development at the former university campus. 21 New Avenue estate Full redevelopment of the estate in Southgate. BOROUGH-WIDE 22 Lee Valley Heat Network Enfield’s own energy company will provide affordable, sustainable energy made from local waste.

AVAILABLE INDUSTRIAL SITES G View 406, Advent Way H Imperial, Innova Park I Navigation Park, 7 Morson Road J Enfield Warehouse and Distribution Centre, Kier Park, Mollison Avenue K Expansion Enfield L G Park M Unit B5, Angel Road Works, Crispin House N Gibbs Road, Montagu Road Industrial Estate

SMALL SITES 23 Parsonage Lane Twenty-nine new homes comprising a mix of two, three and four bedrooms. 24 Forty Hill Nine new family homes of three and four bedrooms. 25 Lavender Hill Twelve new homes of one and two bedrooms. 26 St Georges Road Three new four-bedroom family homes. 27 Tudor Crescent Fifteen new homes of a mix of flats and houses. 28 Jasper Close Eighteen new homes comprising a mix of flats and houses. 29 Holtwhites Hill Eight new homes, of a mix of flats and semidetached houses. 30 Garden Enfield Enfield’s market gardening project.

Key regeneration sites in Enfield – more detailed profiles of some are on the following pages. For further information email, or call 020 8379 3800

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we are contracted by North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to manage the waste of its Waltham Forest). LondonWaste Ltd also operates a number of Household Waste & Recycling Centres together with a transport contract. The company remains committed and expert in community. We largely employ local people through involvement with job centres, agencies and, via long-term links with schools, apprentice schemes and further education, help to prepare young people and adults for employment in the green sector. The EcoPark is an important site of industrial land around 15 hectares in size and houses a number of centres which add value to waste, primarily composting, transfer and energy recovery. The North London Heat and Power Project will bring investment for fresh recycling and waste services over the next 30 years and will create new job opportunities. Rest assured that in the meantime waste and recyclable materials collected from local boroughs will continue to be delivered to us for treatment, separation, recycling and composting. Giving back Our successes are shared in a number of ways. By using rubbish as a resource we are able to give dividends to our sole shareholder NLWA, support local mayor’s charities, assist schools and colleges as well as a variety of community groups. We also share our matured compost and host weekly tours to demonstrate how our activities support you.

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The redevelopment of the strategically important Ladderswood Way estate and the adjoining New Southgate Industrial Estate started on-site in March 2014.


The project is designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards and developed in a joint venture between Mulalley and housing association One Housing Group. It will create 517 homes, 1,400sq m of commercial space, a community centre and an 80-bedroom hotel, bringing employment and training opportunities. The new homes will range from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom houses, in a mix of private and affordable tenures. The first phase will provide 40 homes (of which 23 will be affordable and 17 for private sale) and is expected to complete by summer 2016. The second phase, at the corner of the site, will comprise 188 apartments, an underground car park, hotel and plaza, and is anticipated to start on-site by mid-2016. Ladderswood will be the first development in Enfield to use the decentralised energy network being developed by the Lee Valley Heat Network, a company wholly owned by Enfield Council.

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Right Highmead will provide 118 new homes in Edmonton; all open market properties have been sold.

4 Meridian Water Meridian Water is one of London’s most significant development opportunities. Covering 85 hectares and valued in excess of £2.5 billion, the scheme will see more than 8,000 homes, 3,000 new jobs, community facilities including schools, health services and open spaces, provided over the next 20 years. Its waterside location, superb public transport accessibility and the Lee Valley Regional Park setting mean Meridian Water will become a new waterfront eco-quarter. The council has led on the project to date through developing planning policy, acquiring land and securing funding. It currently owns nine hectares of land at Meridian Water, with a further six hectares to be under its control by the end of 2015. Berkeley Homes, Barratt and Segro and Pacific Century Premium Developer (PCPD) have been shortlisted for selection to become the master developer for Meridian Water, with the final appointment to be confirmed in early 2016. A planning application is being developed for phase one, with works due to start in late 2016. This phase will see up to 800 homes built by 2018, alongside the opening of a new Meridian Water station (replacing Angel Road station) with a four trains per hour service. Meridian Water has recently been announced as one of London’s new housing zones. The scheme, launched by the mayor of London and the chancellor of the exchequer in June 2014, aims to accelerate the number of houses being built in London by lifting planning restrictions and providing additional funding, with Enfield having a share of £162 million. Enfield Council cabinet member for housing and housing renewal, Councillor Ahmet Oykener, said the decision would give the scheme a big boost. “Housing zone funding will directly support the delivery of the first stages of development which includes 3,650 homes,” he added. The Lee Valley Heat Network (LVHN), could help facilitate development of Meridian Water. The LVHN will convey waste heat from Edmonton EcoPark to homes and businesses in Enfield and potentially, neighbouring boroughs. The network has the capacity to provide lowcarbon energy to thousands of homes and businesses.



6 Highmead Edmonton’s Highmead scheme completed in July 2015, and provides a total of 118 new homes (comprising 22 houses, two with wheelchair access and 96 apartments). Forty per cent will be affordable and managed by Newlon Housing Trust. All of the homes have now been sold or let. The scheme is by developer Countryside and will also include 1,037sq m of new retail space, as well as a bespoke health centre and a community facility. Designed by Hawkins/ Brown Architects, the development has been shortlisted for a housing design award. It is expected to kickstart wider investment and regeneration in Edmonton.

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16 Alma estate Enfield Council granted planning consent to Countryside in September for the £150 million redevelopment of the Alma estate, the council’s largest housing estate renewal scheme. It will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Ponders End, a priority investment area. Countryside, the council’s development partner for the scheme, plans to demolish 717 council properties and build 993 homes, along with shops, an affordable gym and community facilities. Pollard Thomas Edwards’ design links the surrounding streets of Ponders End to the new development and significantly improves the open green space and public realm. The project will include homes for private sale, shared ownership and council rented properties for the remaining secure tenants. In addition there will be opportunities for apprenticeships and jobs, as well as a minimum requirement for local labour on the construction of the new development. The council’s cabinet member for housing and housing regeneration, Councillor Ahmet Oykener, said: “I am delighted that our ambitious but deliverable aspirations for the Alma estate have been given the green light.”

14 Electric Quarter Ponders End High Street continues to be transformed as the Electric Quarter, named after former resident Joseph Swan who pioneered the invention of the light bulb. A detailed planning application for 167 homes, community facilities and modern retail units was submitted in October 2015 by the council’s delivery partner for the Electric Quarter, Lovell. The scheme will reintegrate the High Street with the former Middlesex University site, creating a new quarter in Ponders End. The project will build on the proposed transformation of the High Street, footways and cycle lanes, creating new public spaces and streets. Work is due to start on-site in early 2016.

Top and above Planning permission has been granted to Countryside for the £150 million transformation of the Alma estate. Left Initial designs for the Electric Quarter – Lovell say that plans could change as the project progresses.

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Newlon Housing Trust – proud to be working in partnership with Enfield Our recent schemes include 81 new affordable homes at Watermill Lane and 47 new homes as part of a 118 home regeneration project in the heart of Angel Edmonton delivered in partnership with Countryside. We have also recently completed the renovation of the Crescent, a stunning Georgian terrace providing affordable homes in Edmonton. 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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18 Dujardin Mews As part of the Alma estate’s regeneration programme, Enfield Council is also constructing its first new council homes in decades. Dujardin Mews – named after the Enfield-born, Olympic equestrian, double gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin – will provide 38 new homes: 19 for council rent and 19 for shared equity. The contractor, Durkan, started construction in January 2015 and will complete in summer 2016.

Above Dujardin Mews will provide 38 homes. Below At New Avenue estate, 163 homes will be replaced by 400 units.

21 New Avenue estate This flagship project in Cockfosters, part of Enfield’s estates renewal programme, will increase the current number of homes from 163 to approximately 400. Countryside has been selected as the council’s development partner for the project. During summer 2015, architects HTA Design, acting on behalf of and supported by Countryside and Enfield Council, held a series of design workshops with residents. Later in 2015, the developer will submit planning applications. Subject to approval from both the council’s planning committee and the Greater London Authority, in March and June 2016 respectively, work will commence on-site in December 2016. Existing council tenants will be offered a secure tenancy, whether they choose to remain on the estate or bid to move away permanently. Leaseholders may choose to sell their property back to the council or take the offer of a new shared equity home. A phasing plan will target the earliest block or blocks for vacant possession. 35 Projects Issue 6 Autumn/Winter 2015/16

Small Housing Sites To meet the increase in demand for affordable housing and private rented homes, Enfield Council has launched the first phase of its small housing sites programme. It is set to create mixed-tenure developments that integrate into the existing street scene and help to improve the character of the area. The project will provide 94 exemplar homes on seven sites across the borough. Of these, 37 will be affordable – with 20 for social rent and 17 in shared ownership – and 57 will be available for private rent. The homes will range in size from one to four bedrooms. Creative thinking about how to package the development has meant 37 affordable council-owned homes could be created, seven more than if a standard approach had been adopted. The scheme is financed via a ‘special purpose vehicle’, allowing the council to deliver a cost-neutral scheme with a net cash flow. A council subsidiary will use the income generated from the remaining 57 homes, available for private rent, to fund the whole development. To support the scheme, the council has secured a £690,000 Greater London Authority grant from the mayor of London’s Care and Support Fund and the Homes for Working Londoners pot. Construction works began on-site at Parsonage Lane in December 2014 and, subject to planning conditions being discharged, will be completed across all seven sites in early 2017.


Left and below Small housing sites will deliver mixed-tenure homes.


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Imperial, Innova Park


Imperial is Segro’s new development for industrial or warehouse use, located at the entrance to Innova Park on Mollison Avenue (A1055), the established business park which is 1.5 miles from the M25. The Grade A warehouse is ready for occupation and offers a 7,362sq m detached building with open plan, fully fitted offices on the first and second floors and a reception area on the ground floor. The site is available for industrial and warehouse B1(c), B2 and B8 use. Innova Park occupiers already include Premier Inn, Sony, Iceland and John Lewis.

Left and below Close to central London and just 1.5 miles from the M25, Segro’s Grade A Imperial is ready for occupation.

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people a foot-up on the career ladder through work experience in the water industry will begin at the end of September. Thames Water is inviting a group of up to ten people from the local area to join them for three weeks to get a feel for what life is really like behind the scenes providing water and wastewater services to 15m people.

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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.

The upgrade, which will include the construction of new storm tanks and odour control units, is due to be completed in autumn 2018. Work will be carried out by contractors Aecom, Murphy and Kier.

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The company received the green light from Enfield Council for its £250m overhaul of the 1950’s-built Picketts Lock Lane site in February, and recruitment was started immediately.

The upgrade is designed to improve efficiency at the works which currently treats waste from around a million homes and businesses, increase capacity to accommodate a growing population and reduce odour from the smelliest parts by 99%. Local waterways will benefit from a significant reduction in discharges of storm water to the River Lee and Salmons Brook.

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Riding high Right Since 2009, the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London has invested £20 million in its estate, £17 million of which has funded development of the Enfield site.

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A multimillion pound schools expansion programme in Enfield is helping more and more children find school places in the borough. And the council’s focus on the quality of education is ensuring standards are high. James Wood reports

“It’s easy to see why the college came first. You can see that the students are happy and comfortable. The tutors are really approachable. It’s a nice environment to be in”

Enfield Council considers the continuing development of its schools as a top priority. As well as ensuring GCSE and A-Level results continue to beat the national average, Ofsted results show 87% of pupils attend a school rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and a range of educational options are being developed for children and young adults in the face of the borough’s evergrowing and diversifying population. The figures demonstrate this success. In 2014, the number of students achieving more than five A*–C grades including English and maths was 59.7%, far outstripping the national average of 53.4%. Of those taking A-levels, 99.3% of entrants received a pass or better, in line with the national average. Despite the UK’s small decline in the A*-C pass rate, in Enfield’s schools, 60% of A-levels fell into this bracket. Schools where results were considerably improved included Bishop Stopford, Broomfield, Highlands, Oasis Academy Hadley and Winchmore. Enfield also has the second highest number 41 Lifestyle: schools Issue 6 Autumn 2015

of students in London accepted for the Russell Group of top universities. One further education college is particularly notable for its achievements. In a government report by the Skills Funding Agency, the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) was officially ranked London’s number one performing college for success rates for two years running – the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 academic years. The college also ranked top of the further education list for student satisfaction at any college in London for both academic years. The most recent FE survey showed that 89% of students were satisfied with their experience of attending the college. A 2014 Ofsted inspection rated CONEL as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in all categories, praising the “very welcoming, friendly and lively environment in which learners from a wide range of diverse backgrounds enjoy their learning and their social interactions”. Almost 500 students have progressed from the college to obtain places at universities in past academic years and 60% of its learners are in work six months after completing their course. President of the college’s students’ union, Melina Zachariou, says: “It’s easy to see why the college came first. You can see that the students are happy and comfortable. The tutors are really approachable, there are a number of services for anyone that needs additional support and the college takes safety and wellbeing very seriously. It’s a nice environment to be in.” Since the merger of two colleges in 2009, CONEL has now invested £20 million in improvements at its various centres, £17 million of which has funded development of the college’s Enfield centre. The achievements of Enfield’s schools are impressive. Jenny Tosh, chief education officer, says: “Many pupils start school at a low level educationally, and the high level of achievement reflects the exceptional job that Enfield schools are doing.” With its population growing, Enfield needs more pupil places and the council’s multimillion schools expansion programme is in full swing. Over £55 million is being invested in the current phase of the scheme and a further £44 million is allocated for future expansions. Tosh adds: “Since 2010, more than 4,000 primary school places have been created where they are most needed, including 40 new classrooms in eight schools.” Most recently, the £6.7 million project at George Spicer School’s Kimberley Gardens site, which was completed in 2014, has seen the number of places grow from 630 to 840 pupils. In January 2014, Edmonton County School became the borough’s third “all through school” for 4 to 18 year olds, catering for children throughout their school lives. The primary school will reach its capacity of 420 pupils in 2020 and has seen £11 million of investment in the entire revamp of the primary facilities and areas of the secondary school, including laboratories, design and technology classrooms, an ICT suite and a multi-use games area. 42 Lifestyle: schools Opportunity Enfield

Left and above George Spicer School has seen investment of £6.7 million in its facilities, increasing the number of pupil places by 210.

Executive headteacher, Dr Susan Tranter, praised the fact that students can be supported through every stage of their education: “We are determined to see that every child who comes to Edmonton County gets the best from their education and we now have the facilities and staff to make it happen.” Proposals for a newly-built secondary tuition centre were approved in summer 2015. The school in Bullsmoor Lane is for up to 100 students with special educational needs – currently taught in three separate centres – from the start of the 2017/2018 academic year. More and more children are guaranteed a school place and as the standard of exam results and Ofsted inspections in Enfield continues to show improvement, families are increasingly looking to this area of north London. In Enfield, children can receive the very best standards of education to support their attainment and enable them to fulfil their own potential.

“Since 2010, more than 4,000 primary school places have been created where they are most needed, including 40 new classrooms in eight schools”

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Night moves 44 Lifestyle: night-time Opportunity Enfield

Enfield’s night-time economy is changing , bringing fresh opportunities for cultural appreciation and entertainment, as James Wood reports

Creating cultural entertainment to appeal to a wide demographic may be a challenge, but one which the local authority is facilitating – and its creative residents are embracing with enthusiasm. Decades ago, those interested in poetry and jazz might have had to visit a dimly lit Soho club, but while Enfield’s past may not evoke such artistic pursuits, they have very much become part of its present. The Dugdale Centre is owned and managed by the council, but the venue now has a reputation for its jazz and poetry nights put on by gifted locals. One of which is Ziggy’s World Jazz Club – set up three and a half years ago by local musicians: Steve Taylor and Josie Frater. As well as the popularity of their own musical acts, Steve Taylor’s Big Band and Josie’s singing, the pair use their contacts within the industry to put on successful monthly – and sometimes twice monthly – events. They attract packed audiences, featuring names with wide-ranging appeal from around the world. A musician throughout his life, Taylor can usually be found behind the drum kit during performances and has travelled the globe playing with the likes of former singer turned radio host Janey Lee Grace; the soul singer Omar;

“We wanted to bring a bit of Ronnie Scott’s to the borough and the council supported that idea”

Left Jazz singer Josie Frater performs at the Dugdale Centre. Opposite and above Steve Taylor and Frater set up Ziggy’s World Jazz Club.

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Above Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy read her poetry, with John A Sampson playing early music instruments. Above centre The highly acclaimed Alauda Quartet played at Forty Hall in June 2015.

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composer Mike Oldfield; and once even backed a musical performance by Hollywood actor and former artistic director of the Old Vic theatre, Kevin Spacey. Before setting up Ziggy’s, Taylor had noticed a lack of exciting musical events: “There wasn’t really anything here,” he says. Teaming up with respected singer and songwriter Frater, discussions with the council about jazz nights at the Dugdale Centre honed Taylor’s goal to emulate a famous West End jazz club: “We wanted to bring a bit of Ronnie Scott’s to the borough and the council was supportive of that idea,” he says. “I feel like we’ve done that now. When people come, they’re very surprised at the high standard of music. “The great thing about the Dugdale Centre is its very intimate feel. It has a capacity of about 100 and we’re really pleased that everyone seems to love Ziggy’s. “We have to function by selling enough tickets to keep it running, which we do just about manage. It might have a bit more of a highbrow appeal but the idea of the package is to make it really accessible. It’s very inclusive.” The same applies to poetry nights at the venue, put

on by Anthony Fisher, Valerie Darville and Alan Murray, which have featured at the Dugdale Centre for the last three years, usually on the first Saturday of the month. The night splits into two, as Fisher explains: “Firstly it’s open mic, which is my favourite part, as anyone can get up on stage and we’ve discovered some real hidden talents. The second part is a reading, and we have been lucky enough to have poet laureates, past and present, performing – Carol Ann Duffy in 2013, Andrew Motion in 2014. This year was Ruth Padel, who I think has the potential to become the next one.” Paul Everitt, the council’s head of arts and culture, is keen to back such nights, as Fraser notes: “Paul and his team are very supportive of us and culture in Enfield.” The Dugdale is also home to Enfield’s newest wine bar – local company Eco Vino Teatro opened its doors in June, serving up a selection of organic, biodynamic, sustainable and natural wines. And The Dugdale is not the only venue in the borough. Everitt says: “The Millfield Theatre in Edmonton offers the largest-scale light entertainment for the

The first ever production at Millfield Theatre was the 1988 pantomime Humpty Dumpty starring Opportunity Knocks winner Bobby Crush

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“We have been lucky enough to have poet laureates, past and present, performing”

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“It’s essential for people to have a connection with where they live and to have an eclectic cultural mix of things happening and places to go”

Above Ballet Black performs at Millfield Theatre, which is also a popular venue with tribute bands, pantomimes and standup comedians such as Omid Djalili and Stephen K Amos.

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local community,” he says. “It has featured Boney M, Janet Kay, Stephen K Amos and Pasha Kovalev. The Grade I-listed Forty Hall building was just one of the venues for a classical music festival in summer 2015, and many events sold out. Forty Hall also features a monthly folk club.” One cultural landmark has had huge impact beyond the borough boundaries. Chickenshed Theatre, based in Chase Side, Southgate, has spawned 19 associated groups around the UK and two in Russia. The inclusive theatre and performing arts organisation is open to everyone and runs accredited courses in further and higher education, as well as outreach work. Taylor would like the council to continue to create opportunities for residents across different social groups to witness and participate in musical events: “It is

crucially important to bring that into our neighbourhoods because it means that Enfield’s whole community is investing in something. It’s essential for people to have a connection with where they live and to have an eclectic cultural mix of things happening and places to go.” Enfield’s diverse restaurant scene, for example, makes for an attractive proposition. “There are a number of great and affordable Turkish restaurants in the borough, which are creating quite a buzz,” says Everitt. “We’re also pleased to be seeing an emergence of a socalled ‘cafe culture’. There are social places to go and that’s what we need.” The council seems to have all the ingredients. It is set to further boost the borough’s blossoming reputation as a place with a robust and entertaining cultural offer, one helping to drive the night-time economy.

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Industrial revolution No longer dreary, bleak concrete expanses, but flexible and connected commercial hubs – yesterday’s industrial estate is today’s business park. Kirsty MacAulay finds out more

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Below The Premier Inn at Segro’s View 406 – hotels will become a feature of other Segro estates.

Traditional industrial estates may conjure images of articulated lorries, rows of vast, bland sheds and perhaps a battered old van selling bacon sandwiches on the corner, but that was then... Today’s industrial estates have moved on. The sheds are still there on the far slicker, contemporary business park (and getting bigger as a result of the trend for ever larger ‘super sheds’) but there are also hotels with coffee shops and restaurants, smaller, more flexible units to accommodate the challenge created by e-commerce for ‘last mile’ delivery, and a mix of businesses that can lead to a surprisingly diverse community. Enfield’s industrial estates are the base for a combination of big names such as Coca-Cola and Warburtons, which sit alongside premises for medium enterprises or even small startup businesses. One of the main reasons businesses choose to make Enfield their home is because of excellent transport links. Location is at the heart of a good industrial estate – whatever is produced in the sheds or modern units, generally, needs to be taken to the consumer – and roads are still the primary mode of access. Getting in and out of central London from Enfield couldn’t be easier; it is located between the M1 and M11, next to the M25, plus the A406 and A10 run through the borough. As far as road travel is concerned, it couldn’t be better served. It is also well located for trains into London, even more so with the promise of Crossrail 2 in 2030. Enfield is also close to Stansted, with Luton and Heathrow airports easily accessible. Demand is rising and although Enfield is a wellconnected, cost-effective alternative to other boroughs, costs are increasing. David Thomas, director, property management consultancy, at Bilfinger GVA, comments: “Rents have been under pressure in Enfield during the current upturn due to a lack of available Grade A stock, coupled with limited land available for development and the rising cost of construction. For the first time in Enfield, developers of premises suitable for ‘last mile’ delivery anticipate achieving rents of £9+ per sq ft. A number of transactions are known to be in hand which will make this the new benchmark for Enfield’s industrial rents.” Location is one of the reasons for Enfield’s claim to have London’s second largest commercial and industrial sector, employing 90,000 people, something the council is keen to expand on. Neil Isaac, assistant director for economic development and sustainability at Enfield Council, explains how: “We’ve got a road map to attract inward investment, we want to put Enfield on the map. We want to court the world and get them to come to Enfield and we are getting noticed in the international sector. “A group from Germany and three Chinese delegations visited the borough in the summer. Initially, it is an information-sharing exercise but we are looking at the bigger picture.” The council takes its responsibility for the industrial sector seriously, Isaac continues: “Many councils are

Left Super shed – Segro’s Imperial at Innova Park. Below Since 1922, Johnson Matthey has had a base at Brimsdown, the second largest area of industrial land in London.

building housing on industrial land but we want to protect that industrial heritage and are also looking to expand it through Meridian Water and Segro’s View 406 [the industrial scheme at Advent Business Park]. We have protected, in planning terms, our commercial zones. The council has taken a firm stance: if land is dedicated for employment use, it will remain that.” There are currently a number of support mechanisms for business. The council helps with employment issues – liaising with education teams to help with apprenticeships – and also advises on planning. According to Isaac, the emphasis now is on improving dialogue with developers. A dedicated business enterprise and inward investment team is being put together for the purpose. “We worked with Segro to identify its needs and express what we would like to see happen and essentially, to collaborate. The compromise meant we got a better blend of employment use and they got a better blend of

“Having the hotel nearby is a real bonus; it has proved very helpful for overseas visitors”

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Access to markets – business relocators view Enfield’s connectivity as crucial in their decision to move to the borough

Right Chemicals and sustainability leader, Johnson Matthey’s plant at Brimsdown.

rental income. The site was 70% pre-let.” Clearly Segro is happy in Enfield, View 406 was the company’s first purchase but it now has four or five assets in the borough. Alan Holland, Segro’s business unit director, says: “Enfield is where our customers want to be – it’s an area that’s going to grow and expand. It makes perfect sense for Segro to invest in the borough.” Holland has an interesting insight into how industrial estates have changed, claiming modern and new buildings are the number one requirement. And businesses are prepared to pay for the convenience of modern, flexible accommodation. He continues: “Coming out of the recession, the real move is to Grade A property, compared to the last recession when it was all about price. The other thing is sustainability. Businesses really care about how sustainable their units are, particularly around costing use, total occupation cost is important and makes perfect business sense. “View 406 was built at a higher sustainability standard than [specified in] the London Plan. It’s not just a matter of compliance – customers are interested because their customers are interested.” Isaac adds: “Industrial estates have changed dramatically as industrial and shopping habits have changed. A lot of units are now built around logistics and ‘last mile’ delivery, which require smaller facilities and don’t tend to employ as many people.” Brimsdown Industrial Estate is the second largest concentration of industrial land in London. The site opened in 1922 and, unsurprisingly, has changed much in that time. Johnson Matthey is based at Brimsdown and its corporate social responsibility manager, Barry Connelly, says: “During the past 30 years we have seen substantial changes, many of the large manufacturing plants have closed or downsized. These large plants have been replaced by lots of smaller companies covering a diverse range of business sectors, which has brought the need for 52 Business space Opportunity Enfield

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smaller unit business estates. Many of them have brought about improved road infrastructure and transport links.” Another recent change in the industrial landscape is the emergence of hotels. Holland claims the Premier Inn at View 406 has worked so well they are looking at doing it again at four or five other sites. He explains: “They are good bedfellows and are often in areas where there aren’t many amenities nearby. Hotels don’t just offer beds but food and beverages as well as meeting rooms. They really suit the modern progressive industrial estate.” Terry Larkin, group general manager at JJ Foods, based on Innova Park, agrees, and adds: “Having the hotel nearby is a real bonus; it has proved very helpful for overseas visitors who can stay overnight and be ready for a meeting in the morning that is just a two minute walk away.” It seems that the successful modern industrial estate has indeed moved on, adapting to the challenge of catering for 21st century business.

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Abellio Greater Anglia Jonathan Denby Derrick Wade Waters Mark Joslin Lee Valley Estates Raechel Burgess Trowers & Hamlins Macmillan

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Access all areas A huge site in Enfield offers the potential for one of the largest warehouses in north London, as Sitematch research manager Huub Nieuwstadt reports A major opportunity for occupiers looking to relocate their business is on offer at Enfield Distribution Park (ENDP). The site is suitable for warehouse or production units ranging from 1,800 to 25,000sq m. Features include flexible eaves heights, dock and level access loading, high quality office accommodation, car parking and selfcontained yards. The site has been divided into two phases. The existing buildings on the area for the first phase have been demolished, and with outline planning permission granted, the cleared site is ready for development. The nine-hectare plot has the potential to house one of the largest warehouses in north London. Located in Ponders End, fronting Mollison Avenue, it provides easy access via the Great Cambridge Road (A10) to the M1, M25 and the North Circular Road. The site is served by both Ponders End and Brimsdown rail stations, which provide quick and regular train connections to central London: it takes just 20 minutes to get to Liverpool Street station, which will operate the Crossrail service from 2018. Connections to the Victoria line via Seven Sisters provide a rapid journey to the West End. Stansted Airport is within easy reach, both by train or via the North Circular and M11. Enfield’s strategic location is a key factor in attracting more than 10,000 businesses

to the area, making it London’s second largest industrial and distribution cluster. Almost 90,000 people are employed by the borough’s businesses, of whom 58% are Enfield residents. The ENDP site is owned and funded by Aberdeen Asset Management in conjunction with their development partners, Graftongate – a leading developer of warehouses and industrial property. The site is marketed by Glenny, DTRE and JLL – contact John McDougal, senior associate at Glenny, or 020 3141 3606.

Above and left Enfield Distribution Park – it is literally, a massive opportunity.

54 Sitematch Opportunity Enfield

• 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 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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Opportunity Enfield is a business publication publicising the work of regeneration organisations in the borough.

Opportunity Enfield #6  

Opportunity Enfield is a business publication publicising the work of regeneration organisations in the borough.