Meridian Water – London Regeneration | Case Study

20 November 2017

Meridian Water is a major London regeneration programme bringing thousands of new jobs to Enfield, north London. Alongside new public open spaces, shops and community facilities, the development will have a brand-new railway station, which is being delivered by Network Rail and will open in 2019.

Planning approval, granted in June 2016, for the first phase of 725 homes at Willoughby Lane, the old National Grid 210-acre Meridian Water site, of which 136 acres is for development. 

While being bound by the North circular A406 road, A11 and M11, the new railway station at Meridian Water will unlock the area for commuters, taking passengers south directly to Stratford London, London Liverpool Street, and north to Stanstead and Cambridge.

Eventually, the £6 billion transformation in Enfield will create 10,000 homes and 6,700 jobs as Enfield Council adds significant land acquisitions at Stonehill and Hasting sites. Supporting the Meridian Water development, Network Rail is delivering £170 million of improvements across the Upper Lee Valley from 2017 to 2019. The programme will enable two extra trains per hour and boost local regeneration.

Rail Site Development

The new Meridian Water railway station will replace the existing Angel Road Station and contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, one of the UK’s leading engineering and construction companies, chose Asset M.A.S.S. temporary steel barrier system, to partition the station works area and live railway lines from the Hydrock site. Hydrock is the contractor engaged to clear and decontaminate the now redundant gas and oil site before handing over the prepared area for construction works. The galvanized and white powder coated, 150 cm x 50 cm, M.A.S.S. steel base units link together to provide a secure safety barrier remaining solid against the air blast from passing trains.

Likewise, the curved 55 kg base unit acts as a deterrent to plant and machine damage, as well as, closing off pedestrian access. In this instance and to provide additional safety, VolkerFitzpatrick chose to pin the base units to the ground every 20 metres as they are installed on the freshly laid recycled concrete substructure. The nature of the barrier’s 150 cm length allows it to accept curves and work access points as well as some degree of an uneven base placement.

This temporary barrier installation incorporates M.A.S.S. Siteguard, which is a steel mesh panel system, 2 metres high, where the framework acts as a secure link pin between the base units, tying the whole structure together. Easy to install and remove the M.A.S.S. barrier provides a secure barrier between the sites and the live rail lines.

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