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.