Remediation work underway at mega Meridian Water site

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Hydrock is on-site delivering the remediation works for phase 1 of the £6bn Meridian Water development, a major regeneration programme bringing thousands of new homes and jobs to Enfield in north London.

In 2016, Hydrock was appointed to Enfield Council’s framework for the ‘Remediation of Various Sites’ and were successful in tendering to deliver the first project to be released under the framework – the remediation of phase 1 of the Meridian Water development, a 7 hectare site adjacent to Willoughby Lane and Leeside Road.

As a former gasworks, this particular part of the development has been subject to historical remediation. Hydrock’s specialist Contracting business is now delivering further remediation works that are required to provide a suitable development platform for a mixed use residential and commercial development. With a focus on the recovery of suitable site won material and the management of materials to minimise off-site disposal, our work includes the excavation and rigorous processing of soils to achieve chemical and geotechnical compliance to facilitate their re-use in the proposed development. Other materials will either be removed from site, or subjected to on-site treatment, such as bioremediation, to maximise re-use and recycling.

Dave Rutherford, Zone 1 Enabling Works Development Manager for Enfield Council, said: “With visionary leadership at the Council and smart design by all our partners, we have been able to bring Phase 1 forward to the market. Working with Hydrock we are proud to be combining smart, tried and tested design with innovative remedial techniques. Getting this balance right is critical to viability, which is always a key factor on challenging brownfield sites, and following impressive site trials we have gained the required regulatory approvals.”

The Council owns around two thirds of the developable area at Meridian Water totalling 210 acres. Over the project lifecycle it is set to deliver 10,000 new homes and 6,700 permanent new high quality jobs alongside new public open spaces, retail and community facilities. The Willoughby Lane development has outline planning for 725 units which are expected to be constructed in a phased manner and will be alongside a new railway station, delivered by Network Rail, scheduled to open by the end of 2019.

At Willoughby Lane, Hydrock has also just been awarded the highest performance rating, an A1 Star, under the Considerate Constructors Scheme following a recent site visit by the scheme’s assessors. The scheme assesses issues such as respect to the community, safety and care about appearance.

Hydrock is also supporting Enfield Council with a Community Benefits Programme that has included active involvement in council-run programmes such as Construct With Us and science-based activities for the children of Raynham Primary School. These events have been designed to inspire future generations to consider the variety of choice available from a career in the engineering and construction sector.

Discover more about the Meridian Water development here.