Delve into Enfield’s heritage during Open House London and celebrate the borough’s past and future, including a tour of the landmark Meridian Water project.
Meridian Water – where 10,000 homes will be built and thousands of jobs created – is just one of 23 locations in Enfield opening their ‘doors’ to tours during the weekend of 21 and 22 September.
The tour of Meridian Water will provide an insight into the masterplan for the bold and unique development, and will also take in the newly opened railway station and professional workspace Building Bloqs.
Enfield is in a unique position in that it has a wide variety of properties participating in the weekend representing the borough’s heritage, local businesses, sports, arts and cultural diversity. One of the oldest properties on the list is the Jacobean manor house at Forty Hall Estate while Energetik’s Energy Centre at Arnos Grove, home of the wholly Council owned heat network, is one of the more modern contributors.
Energetik and the Meridian Water site are new inclusions on this year’s Open House Enfield list, joined by a broad range of interesting new-comers including Chickenshed Theatre, a family home in Palmers Green, a tour of Perry Mead, Priory Hospital and Tottenham Hotspur FC’s training ground known as The Lodge.
Enfield Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Ian Barnes, said: “Enfield has a diverse range of buildings participating in Open House and this year the borough can boast its largest number of participants – we have examples of Gothic revival, fine examples from the Victorian industrial period all the way to 20th and 21st century buildings that have a social as well as an architectural interest.
“We are very proud to have a fantastic line-up of buildings opening their doors to the public and it’s a fantastic way to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and diversity of our borough.”
The full list of participating locations is as follows:
All Saints Church, Edmonton
Building BloQs Workshop
Christ Church Southgate and the Minchenden Oak Garden
Dujardin Mews Walking Tour
Energetik’s Arnos Grove Energy Centre
Forty Hall & Estate
King George V Pumping Station
Meridian Water Masterplan Walking Tour
Meridian Water Train Station
Palmers Green family home (house extension)
Parish Church of St Andrew, Enfield Town
Perry Mead Tour
Priory Hospital North London
Queen Elizabeth II Stadium
Royal Small Arms Factory
Rumi Mosque & Dialogue Centre
St Alphege Church, Edmonton
The Lodge, Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground
Winchmore Hill Friends Meeting House & Burial Ground
To find out more about the free tours and to view the full listings, go to https://openhouselondon.org.uk/ . In addition the Council has adopted a new Heritage Strategy Making Enfield which was developed in collaboration with community groups from across the borough. The strategy will sit alongside the development of Enfield’s Local Plan and will help raise design standards while also respecting all aspects of heritage.
If you are interested in art, culture and architecture in Enfield, why not sign up to the Council’s regular newsletters, so you can keep up to date with events in the borough. Go to www.enfield.gov.uk/enewsletters.