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Meridian Four winners pledge major investment in community outreach


The AJ can completely reveal {that a} staff led by Karakusevic Carson Architects that includes Maccreanor Lavington Architects, Mary Duggan Architects, Architecture Doing Place, Wallace Liu, Al-Jawad Pike, Office Sian and Sahra Hersi has been named general winner of Enfield Council’s Meridian Four competitors, which launched final summer time.

Only corporations which teamed up with a apply 50 per cent led by individuals of color, a 50 per cent women-led apply, and an area outfit from Edmonton had been eligible to bid for Meridian Water’s newest fee to ship 800 rented council properties on the coronary heart of the masterplan.

Applicants had been additionally required to decide to an architectural training scholarship programme for at the very least one younger particular person dwelling in Edmonton, who will likely be supplied with all college charges, a dwelling allowance and the supply of one-year paid work at London Living Wage or above.

Announcing the distinctive competitors, which was tendered by way of the GLA’s ADUP framework, Peter George, Enfield Council’s programme director for the £6 billion regeneration stated it was as much as the general public sector to ship a transparent message concerning the ‘lack of variety in the architectural community’.

The successful consortium contains Architecture Doing Place, led by David Ogunmuyiwa; native agency Wallace Liu, based by Jee Liu and Jamie Wallace in 2014; east London’s Al-Jawad Pike, arrange by former David Chipperfield Architects staffers Dean Pike and Jessam Al-Jawad in 2014; Office Sian, led by Gurmeet Sian; and the multidisciplinary designer Sahra Hersi.

Alongside the structure groups, the successful consortium additionally contains panorama architects Studio ONB, Townsend and London Wildlife Trust, which is comprised of 65 per cent feminine workers. As a part of the venture, the consortium will even been in search of to work with the council to determine a further native apply or SME to work alongside one among their venture groups.

The successful consortium will ship 530 hours of community training – facilitated by KCA, Beyond the Box, Homegrown Plus/Celebrating Architecture and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – 156 hours of voluntary mentorship, a complete of 36 work placements at KCA and Maccreanor Lavington, every lasting two weeks, and a completely paid structure diploma scholarship for an area aspiring designer.

The scholarship will goal at the very least one younger particular person residing in the Edmonton Wards, who will obtain all college charges, a dwelling allowance, and provision of a one-year work placement inside a apply – paying the London Living Wage of at the very least £10.75 per hour or extra and offering a senior associate as mentor.

The choice panel for the high-profile job included members of Enfield Council’s Meridian Water together with Sound Advice co-host Joseph Henry and Claire Bennie of Municipal. Other bids shortlisted for the fee had been led by Mae, Ash Sakula Architects, Adam Khan Architects, and HHbR.

Commenting on the appointment, George stated: ‘The finish end result has exceeded our necessities in phrases of architects led by females and led by individuals of color. Of the collaborating architects, solely two didn’t have individuals of color or females in the lead, which is statistically a very good end result.

‘This procurement course of has allowed us to drive significant social worth. We wish to see a child from the tutorial programme come and ship Meridian Four, as it’s a actually lengthy venture.’

He added: ‘As we had been interrogating the data, we noticed bidders had been actively detailing company duty about what they doing now, but in addition how they’ll enhance, figuring out methods they’ll change in the longer term. If you’ve gotten a assured public sector you possibly can result in change in the personal sector.’

The staff chosen for the most recent multi-million pound fee – dubbed Meridian Four – will design a brand new 100 per cent rental scheme that includes 800-900 items, housing round 3,000 individuals, which is being immediately delivered by the council in the centre of the event. Approximately 65 per cent of the items will likely be build-to-rent, with the remaining properties break up throughout inexpensive rented tenures.

Interested practices with 50 per cent BAME or girls management had been inspired to staff up with corporations listed on the ‘Architecture – Housing and Mixed Use’ lot of GLA’s ADUP 2 framework to bid for the work.

In October, rising north London outfit Adrian Hill Architects gained an concepts contest for an intergenerational housing scheme throughout the big Meridian Water growth. Last autumn, Assael Architecture additionally gained a design competitors taking a look at methods to embed social, environmental and financial sustainability into the 11.8ha second section of growth at Meridian Water in Enfield, north London.

Meridian Water is a major council-led growth programme which is able to ship 10,000 new properties, 6,000 jobs and at the very least 10ha of parkland over the following 25 years. The growth was masterplanned by Karakusevic Carson Architects with fifth Studio and CGL Architects since 2015, and was beforehand masterplanned by LDA Design since 2010.

A brand new masterplanning staff is because of be introduced imminently. HawkinsBrown and HTA Design had been chosen in 2019 because the design staff for the primary parcel of 725 properties inside section one among Meridian Water, which is being delivered by Vistry.

In 2017, Enfield Council terminated a Barratt/Segro three way partnership as the popular grasp developer bidder for Meridian Water venture, branding the housebuilder’s phrases ‘unacceptable’. Instead the native authority opted for the unprecedented strategy of taking lead duty for setting methods, working up the masterplan and choosing growth companions to convey ahead particular elements.

A brand new Meridian Water railway station, which opened final summer time, is predicted to finally serve as much as 4 million rail passengers a yr. Meridian Four is a part of the second section of the Meridian Water masterplan which is able to ship 2,300 new properties – of which 40 per cent will likely be inexpensive – together with a lodge, scholar lodging, a main faculty, industrial areas, retailers and social infrastructure.

Meridian Four winners in their very own phrases

Lead masterplanner and architect

Paul Karakusevic, Karakusevic Carson Architects
Karakusevic Carson Architects are award-winning specialists on the forefront of public housing and sustainable city renewal throughout London and the UK. Design and strategy-led, the apply delivers sustainable, mixed-use neighbourhoods, mixed-tenure housing schemes and delicate property renewals for native authorities and public sector companions, with purchasers together with LB Enfield, Haringey, Brent and Hackney. Their work is underpinned by a powerful emphasis on design, high quality, and a dedication to working with native communities to create the best constructive social impression.

Architecture practices

Jessam Al Jawad, Al Jawad Pike

Jessam Al Jawad, Al Jawad Pike
Al-Jawad Pike is a London-based architectural studio based in 2014 by Jessam Al-Jawad and Dean Pike. The studio has a powerful design focus and is recognised for the standard of its constructed work, which incorporates properties and housing-led tasks that positively rework the experiences of its residents and the broader community. Their design philosophy is knowledgeable by historical past and context and characterised by a sensitivity to supplies and the way in which they’re introduced collectively in building. Their design course of is each meticulous and exploratory, underpinned by analysis, technical experience and collaboration. The studio is now extensively recognised as one of many foremost up-and-coming structure studios in the UK.


David Ogunmuyiwa, Architecturedoingplace

David Ogunmuyiwa, Architecture Doing Place
Architecture Doing Place is an structure and concrete design apply, which goals to provide lovely buildings and spatial interventions from our immersion in the humanities and up to date structure. We are drawn to the palimpsest of place. Like us, it is a product of layers of heritage; Like us, this contributes productively to our present and future locations. We search to nourish this concept in our tasks, by making use of what drew us to our vocation in the primary place; The imaginative manufacturing of ‘a great factor, properly made’. All our tasks share a sensitivity and delight in a side of place generally described by architects as ‘context’.


Richard Lavington, Maccreanor Lavington

Richard Lavington, Maccreanor Lavington Architects
Maccreanor Lavington is a design-led structure and urbanism apply, with studios in London and Rotterdam. The apply designs mixed-use buildings, properties, faculties, and items of the town that contribute to communities by creating sustaining environments. Recognised for its rigorous analysis in masterplanning and experience in dense, massive scale mixed-use regeneration schemes which are aware of their environment and finely crafted element, ensuing in wealthy and distinguished buildings.


Mary Duggan, Mary Duggan Architects

Mary Duggan, Mary Duggan Architects
Mary Duggan is a London-based RIBA registered structure and design studio established in March 2017. The apply is dedicated to the supply of well-conceived and thoughtfully-detailed structure for forward-thinking purchasers with an equal enthusiasm for design. The work of the apply encompasses many sectors. Projects span from small to massive scale creating locations to dwell, to work and be taught. The ethos of the apply is pushed by an untiring ambition to know the spirit of the locations in which we construct, each city and rural; to understand and contemplate the larger image.


Gurmeet Sian, Office Sian

Gurmeet Sian, Office Sian
Office Sian is a London-based RIBA registered structure and design studio established by Gurmeet Sian. We are obsessed with working with communities to design and ship public buildings and houses which really feel equitable to all. All tasks in the studio are developed with an recognize of historical past, context and sturdy supplies, and in dialogue with many individuals from under-represented teams. Our accomplished commissions have been award-winners and, we really feel, have made a constructive distinction to residents and communities in and round London.


Sahra Hersi

Sahra Hersi
Sahra Hersi is a multidisciplinary architectural designer and artist based mostly in London. After graduating from the Royal College of Art Architecture programme, she discovered herself free to reinterpret what structure means. She has been quietly rebelling towards her architectural training ever since. Her apply explores shared areas, the general public realm, collaboration and community engagement. Her work is commonly born out of participating with native communities and the areas they occupy.


Jee Liu and Jamie Wallace, Wallace Liu

Jee Liu and Jamie Wallace, WallaceLiu
WallaceLiu was established by Jee Liu and Jamie Wallace in London in 2014 and has shortly developed a world fame for its artistic strategy to adaptive reuse and regeneration. At the guts of WallaceLiu’s work is a need to make locations the place structure and panorama join and the place advanced relationships between the brand new and the previous are celebrated by way of house that’s wealthy in layers, gentle, color and texture. In 2020 the apply obtained a prestigious UK design award from the American Institute of Architects.


Landscape structure

Ben Smith, Studio ONB

Ben Smith, Studio ONB
Studio ONB was established by Ben Smith in 2020, after a protracted profession in personal apply with Lynn Kinnear. The apply units out to ship lovely and insightful design options which, by way of re-considering our relationship with the pure world, deal with the environmental, ecological and societal challenges of our time. Current tasks embrace the final constructed section of the Colville Estate Masterplan for Hackney Council and Horatia and public realm tasks for Portsmouth City Council.


Martha Alker, Townshend Landscape

Martha Alker, Townshend Landscape
Townshend Landscape Architects is a well-established apply which thrives on working as a part of multidisciplinary groups to develop properly thought out, sturdy schemes. Placemaking is on the coronary heart of their design strategy. Over the final 30 years they’ve developed an understanding of the method of figuring out alternatives, challenges and aspirations and the basic position that the panorama and public realm can play in making a imaginative and prescient and a way of place.



Neil Onions, Beyond the Box

Neil Onions, Beyond the Box
Beyond The Box Consultants was fashioned in 2018 by Neil Onions, after almost twenty years of working with charities and community teams throughout the UK. The Social Enterprise explores co-design with younger individuals, communities and organisations, aimed to construct extra equitable locations to dwell, work and play. The driving drive behind East Londoners People’s Pavilion, they’ve designed a full programme of alternatives for the youth communities of Enfield to interact with Meridian Four.


Neil Pinder Homegrown plus

Neil Pinder based HOMEGROWNPLUS, an company that can promote and champion younger Architects/Creatives from Non-traditional and Traditional backgrounds. It will likely be a spot the place Architectural corporations of all sizes can come to supply one of the best expertise out there from throughout the community. Neil Pinder has taught design in a lot of inner-city faculties for over 25 years. He is presently head of product design and structure at Graveney School in London, the place he launched structure to the curriculum. He based Celebrating Architecture, a programme to recognise the work of younger proficient college students, for which he has obtained nationwide recognition. He is a Trustee of Blueprint for All.