Sheppard Robson unveils 2,830-home masterplan for former IKEA site

The scheme could see thousands of new homes built on a site at the centre of Enfield’s Meridian Water regeneration scheme, a masterplan laid out by Karakusevic Carson Architects in 2013.

According to early proposals, Sheppard Robson’s plans for the 9.42ha Pymmes Waterside site includes 2,830 homes with 30,035m2 of office, retail, educational and community uses across 10 new buildings ranging in height from five to 30 storeys.

Pymmes Water takes up the central space in Enfield’s £6 billion Meridian Water scheme, which the council took control of in 2018. The council is, however, expected to sell off the plot, which is being marketed by CBRE.

Delivery of the Sheppard Robson designs would involve demolition of the former IKEA store, now temporarily operating as live music venue Drumsheds.

When working on the original Meridian Water masterplan, Karakusevic Carson had initially envisaged the store remaining open. However, under the new proposals the former IKEA site will also become homes.

Earlier this year Enfield Council put its Meridian Water plans under review by over funding concerns. The local authority will still deliver six of seven Meridian sections of the Karakusevic Carson regeneration masterplan under current plans.

Meridian Four, also designed by Karakusevic Carson, faces years-long delays. The practice’s Meridian Two and Three are expected to begin construction later this year.

Meridian One – designed by HTA and Hawkins\Brown – is set to complete this year as planned. The first residents moved in last month.

Peter George, the scheme’s long-running boss for the council, departed in February in what was seen as another setback for the scheme.

Sheppard Robson’s plans are due to go to consultation later this year ahead of a planning application.

The wider Meridian Water scheme aims to deliver 10,000 new homes.