Watford Market: first 14 shipping containers arrive

Watford Market: first 14 shipping containers arrive

Watford Market: first 14 shipping containers arrive

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Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Watford's new market is taking shape with the arrival of the first 14 shipping containers that will be used to build it now on site.

Work has already started on the steel frame that will support the structure, that will consist of 44 shipping containers spread over two floors on the land next to the former TJ Hughes building on The Parade.

In the coming days work will continue on the steelwork and more of the containers are expected next week. 

The finished market is set to open in the autumn, with the constuction technique reminiscent of Brooklyn’s temporary Dekalb Market in New York and BOXPARK in London’s Shoreditch. 

Elected Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: "Watford has had a market since the 12th century and we want to ensure that it will have one for years to come. 

"I believe that the market shopping experience is important to the character of Watford, it brings range, diversity and atmosphere.

"The fact that our new market has been created from shipping containers will make it a destination point, attracting new shoppers keen to see how Watford matches up to the successes of Brixton, Spitalfields and Brooklyn." 

The entire market will be covered by a canopy so that trading can continue in all weathers.

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4:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Carbuncles!
Carbuncles! Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 5

5:29pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Retlas says...

Bet the market traders would like Dotty shipped OUT!
Bet the market traders would like Dotty shipped OUT! Retlas
  • Score: 19

6:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

theturpster says...

Only the lib dems would spend millions on modernising the town one minute, then make it look like Tilbury docks next.

Dotty, your village just rang, they want their idiot back :-D
Only the lib dems would spend millions on modernising the town one minute, then make it look like Tilbury docks next. Dotty, your village just rang, they want their idiot back :-D theturpster
  • Score: 26

7:21pm Mon 4 Aug 14

watford gal says...

Oh for pity's sake, it's going to look like a scene from I Robot !!!!
Oh for pity's sake, it's going to look like a scene from I Robot !!!! watford gal
  • Score: 13

9:48pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Andrew1963 says...

Can I sub edit this article as clearly no one at the WO can be bothered. "Watfords new market is taking shape with the arrival on site of the first 14 shipping containers that will be used to build it. ......"
Can I sub edit this article as clearly no one at the WO can be bothered. "Watfords new market is taking shape with the arrival on site of the first 14 shipping containers that will be used to build it. ......" Andrew1963
  • Score: 2

11:36pm Mon 4 Aug 14

croxley46 says...

Great location - under the noisy flyover.
Yet another of Dotty's big bloomers!
Great location - under the noisy flyover. Yet another of Dotty's big bloomers! croxley46
  • Score: 9

9:50am Tue 5 Aug 14

TRT says...

Classy!
Classy! TRT
  • Score: 1

10:58am Tue 5 Aug 14

HornetJJ says...

To be honest the indoor market isn't very appealing. There are about 10 stalls in there and smells horrible so a change is a good thing in my opinion!
To be honest the indoor market isn't very appealing. There are about 10 stalls in there and smells horrible so a change is a good thing in my opinion! HornetJJ
  • Score: 13

11:18am Tue 5 Aug 14

Mad_Hat says...

.... not only that, it's going to be a pain in the *rse to get to!
.... not only that, it's going to be a pain in the *rse to get to! Mad_Hat
  • Score: 1

12:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Wacko Jacko says...

I'm looking forward to shopping in the new market, it will be easier to access, will look brighter and more modern and will have a new range of traders as well as many of the existing ones, bring it on!
I'm looking forward to shopping in the new market, it will be easier to access, will look brighter and more modern and will have a new range of traders as well as many of the existing ones, bring it on! Wacko Jacko
  • Score: -5

4:18pm Tue 5 Aug 14

GG says...

going to be interesting with it being on two levels for disabled or people with limited mobility.
going to be interesting with it being on two levels for disabled or people with limited mobility. GG
  • Score: 5

6:41pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Wacko Jacko says...

GG wrote:
going to be interesting with it being on two levels for disabled or people with limited mobility.
You never know it might even have one of those new fangled lift things, they're not that interesting
[quote][p][bold]GG[/bold] wrote: going to be interesting with it being on two levels for disabled or people with limited mobility.[/p][/quote]You never know it might even have one of those new fangled lift things, they're not that interesting Wacko Jacko
  • Score: -1

12:05pm Wed 6 Aug 14

hondas says...

56 yrs ago, aged 14, i worked at the old market putting up the metal fences round the market to keep it safe, out the back was a blacksmiths, Watford had character in those days.
56 yrs ago, aged 14, i worked at the old market putting up the metal fences round the market to keep it safe, out the back was a blacksmiths, Watford had character in those days. hondas
  • Score: 5

10:07pm Mon 11 Aug 14

HermanGoering says...

hondas wrote:
56 yrs ago, aged 14, i worked at the old market putting up the metal fences round the market to keep it safe, out the back was a blacksmiths, Watford had character in those days.
I think it will be good actually. I like the fat bather too. Watford is well cool. Fact. X
[quote][p][bold]hondas[/bold] wrote: 56 yrs ago, aged 14, i worked at the old market putting up the metal fences round the market to keep it safe, out the back was a blacksmiths, Watford had character in those days.[/p][/quote]I think it will be good actually. I like the fat bather too. Watford is well cool. Fact. X HermanGoering
  • Score: -1

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