Shortlist for £135m Meridian Water infrastructure contracts confirmed

Three tier one construction companies have been shortlisted to tender for the infrastructure projects required to support the construction of 10,000 homes at Enfield Council’s £6bn Meridian Water development.

The £6 billion Meridian Water project will provide 10,000 homes and 6,000 jobs and to create 8.2 hectares of parkland in the Lea Valley over the coming 25 years.

The work, funded by the Council’s successful £156 million Housing Infrastructure Bid to the government, will involve the construction of roads, bridges and flood mitigation measures, as well as electricity, gas, hot water, communications, water and sewage connections and hectares of new parkland.

The main project will be the delivery of the main boulevard passing through the whole of the development, stretching from the new Meridian Water Station to Lee Valley Regional

The shortlisted contractors are:

  • BAM Nuttall Limited
  • VINCI Construction UK Limited
  • VolkerFitzpatrick Limited

Up to three contractors will be appointed to carry out the works, with contracts awarded for a four year period.

Enfield Council’s Leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: ”Significant progress continues to be made at Meridian Water as we move forward with our transformational plans for this part of the borough.

“Major developments need significant infrastructure and we always knew that early delivery of the infrastructure was vital to delivering our ultimate vision of Meridian Water – a project that will primarily benefit local people and deliver lasting benefits for them.

“We are looking for a world class partner to help us deliver a world class development and our shortlisted contractors leave me in no doubt that we have selected a strong field of potential partners, all of whom have a proven track record of delivering exceptional results.

"Improved transport links and infrastructure opens up opportunities for local people by providing better access to jobs and opportunities that are further afield and improving their life chances.

“The opening of Meridian Water Station last year was a hugely important first step in this process and with further improvements on their way we will be creating a high quality neighbourhood with great connections that people will be proud to call home.”

Enfield Council has taken control of the vision and delivery of Meridian Water to ensure that local people are the principal beneficiaries.  It aims to provide thousands of affordable homes and quality jobs in Enfield as well new schools, community and health services, nurseries, shops and youth and leisure facilities.

Work continues to gather pace at Meridian Water, Enfield Council and developer Vistry Partnerships (formerly Galliford Try Partnerships) have signed a development agreement which will see approximately 900 new homes built on Meridian One – the first phase of the £6bn Meridian Water development - with enabling works on the £250m project starting in the next few months.

Planning permission has also been granted to for a major new makerspace hub at Meridian Water to provide affordable workspace for hundreds of workers.

The decision to grant planning permission for the project means Building BloQs will move into the former vehicle testing building which will be converted to provide more than 30,000 square feet of manufacturing workshop space with capacity for more than 1,000 people at a time.