Watford won't confirm if East Stand opening has been pushed back

Watford Observer: Watford won't confirm if East Stand opening has been pushed back Watford won't confirm if East Stand opening has been pushed back

The Hornets have refused to confirm whether the first part of the East Stand will no longer be opening in March but did state they “aim” to have a section in use this season.

The club had initially suggested the first part of the structure would be open early this year and then the whole stand in Spring.

In December, chief executive Scott Duxbury said the first part of the new stand wouldn’t be open until March, with the remaining section fully operational in June or July.

But with three weeks to go until the start of March, and the end of that month just over seven weeks away, work on the construction of the stand’s frame has yet to start, with the foundations expected to be completed next week.

Watford’s operations director Glyn Evans said: “Work on the phase one piling and pile caps has now been completed and the next stage is the delivery of the steel framework itself.

“Before this can happen work is taking place to strengthen the ground level and then the steel frame can start to be delivered.

“The recent wet weather has been particularly frustrating as it has worsened the ground conditions. Once they are deemed fit we can proceed with the next stage. It is still the aim to have the first phase open during the current season.”

The East Stand is expected to cost more than £3m and does have a semi-temporary design which will make it easier to extend if required.

The stand will initially house around 2,600, taking the total capacity to more than 20,000 if restricted view seats are included. The planning permission does include a provision to build a 5,000-seater development in the future.

Watford decided to prioritise building the East Stand over the South-West Corner development, and handing project management to Centreplate, who last year merged with the catering company used by the Hornets, The Lindley Group.

Jon Davies, commercial director at Centerplate UK, said: “Centreplate remain committed to the South West Corner project at Vicarage Road and we are working closely in partnership with the club to bring the space to life.

“However we have been delayed by the lack of infrastructure designed within the original structure built by previous owners. This has meant we have had to revisit plans for utilities, air extraction and power provision. We are hopeful that we will start work within the next couple of months.”

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8:18am Fri 7 Feb 14

stewbyhorn says...

It's not a problem and it doesn't need to be rushed, Scott Duxberry promised a new stand and that's what we're getting. Scrap the deadline as long as it's ready for next season no one will complain
It's not a problem and it doesn't need to be rushed, Scott Duxberry promised a new stand and that's what we're getting. Scrap the deadline as long as it's ready for next season no one will complain stewbyhorn

9:15am Fri 7 Feb 14

grahamwfc says...

stewbyhorn wrote:
It's not a problem and it doesn't need to be rushed, Scott Duxberry promised a new stand and that's what we're getting. Scrap the deadline as long as it's ready for next season no one will complain
Yes absolutely
[quote][p][bold]stewbyhorn[/bold] wrote: It's not a problem and it doesn't need to be rushed, Scott Duxberry promised a new stand and that's what we're getting. Scrap the deadline as long as it's ready for next season no one will complain[/p][/quote]Yes absolutely grahamwfc

9:32am Fri 7 Feb 14

demerit says...

Surprise, surprise.
Surprise, surprise. demerit

9:42am Fri 7 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

I hope that Centreplate's construction is better than their catering! Lindley's hot-dogs could be used as stanchions.
I hope that Centreplate's construction is better than their catering! Lindley's hot-dogs could be used as stanchions. Hornankey

10:03am Fri 7 Feb 14

mattymashup says...

The weather recently has been abysmal....you can't blame them for that!
The weather recently has been abysmal....you can't blame them for that! mattymashup

10:40am Fri 7 Feb 14

lockerbiehornet says...

demerit wrote:
Surprise, surprise.
It's been shut and out of use for years, what's the rush? Get it done properly and ready for August
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: Surprise, surprise.[/p][/quote]It's been shut and out of use for years, what's the rush? Get it done properly and ready for August lockerbiehornet

12:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

demerit says...

lockerbiehornet wrote:
demerit wrote:
Surprise, surprise.
It's been shut and out of use for years, what's the rush? Get it done properly and ready for August
Agreed but that wasn't my point. What we heard earlier was just PR. I knew it would never be built that quickly.
[quote][p][bold]lockerbiehornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: Surprise, surprise.[/p][/quote]It's been shut and out of use for years, what's the rush? Get it done properly and ready for August[/p][/quote]Agreed but that wasn't my point. What we heard earlier was just PR. I knew it would never be built that quickly. demerit

12:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

gasguzzler says...

How can it take so long to demolish the old east stand ?
For whatever reason it seems to me that works ground to a halt.
How can it take so long to demolish the old east stand ? For whatever reason it seems to me that works ground to a halt. gasguzzler

12:53pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Nordin's Hooter says...

Work has temporarily had to stop due to some old relics being found during excavation work ( in particular a red hard hat ).
Work has temporarily had to stop due to some old relics being found during excavation work ( in particular a red hard hat ). Nordin's Hooter

1:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

demerit says...

Nordin's Hooter wrote:
Work has temporarily had to stop due to some old relics being found during excavation work ( in particular a red hard hat ).
But when they brushed the dirt off it they found it was a helmet. And then they found another one....
[quote][p][bold]Nordin's Hooter[/bold] wrote: Work has temporarily had to stop due to some old relics being found during excavation work ( in particular a red hard hat ).[/p][/quote]But when they brushed the dirt off it they found it was a helmet. And then they found another one.... demerit

1:45pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Retlas says...

.........and some keys to a safe!!
.........and some keys to a safe!! Retlas

1:51pm Fri 7 Feb 14

the jesterwestport says...

Brighton post losses of in excess of £14 mill and we're gettin. A nice refurb .. Nice and steady we go onwards and upwards!!
Brighton post losses of in excess of £14 mill and we're gettin. A nice refurb .. Nice and steady we go onwards and upwards!! the jesterwestport

2:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

gasguzzler wrote:
How can it take so long to demolish the old east stand ?
For whatever reason it seems to me that works ground to a halt.
Because it has the changing rooms inside.
Once the first section is completed, with new changing rooms inside (from Vic Road end to half way line), they will knock down the remaining old stand and then build that section. At least that is my understanding
[quote][p][bold]gasguzzler[/bold] wrote: How can it take so long to demolish the old east stand ? For whatever reason it seems to me that works ground to a halt.[/p][/quote]Because it has the changing rooms inside. Once the first section is completed, with new changing rooms inside (from Vic Road end to half way line), they will knock down the remaining old stand and then build that section. At least that is my understanding Only 2 Ross Jenkins

2:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

JohnnyHornet says...

demerit wrote:
Surprise, surprise.
What's up Cilla, you're turning in to a right old diva....Go buy a snickers.
[quote][p][bold]demerit[/bold] wrote: Surprise, surprise.[/p][/quote]What's up Cilla, you're turning in to a right old diva....Go buy a snickers. JohnnyHornet

3:32pm Fri 7 Feb 14

croxley46 says...

As the remains of the old East stand are such an eyesore is there any chance of putting up a huge mural along that side of the pitch, showing crowd scenes? (like Arsenal did at Highbury, many years ago, when re-building took place.) Perhaps Arsenal have still got it?
After all, building developers do it with boarding ( but without the crowd scenes!) when new housing or office developments take place.
Just a thought....
As the remains of the old East stand are such an eyesore is there any chance of putting up a huge mural along that side of the pitch, showing crowd scenes? (like Arsenal did at Highbury, many years ago, when re-building took place.) Perhaps Arsenal have still got it? After all, building developers do it with boarding ( but without the crowd scenes!) when new housing or office developments take place. Just a thought.... croxley46

11:13pm Fri 7 Feb 14

watford1881 says...

Vicarage Road Cafe has been enjoying a roaring trade.. I say no more...
Vicarage Road Cafe has been enjoying a roaring trade.. I say no more... watford1881

4:04pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Nick El Greco says...

I doubt that there is a single construction site in England that hasn't been in some way impacted by the recent weather. I've lost weeks of work since it started. It's not a conspiracy, it's rain
I doubt that there is a single construction site in England that hasn't been in some way impacted by the recent weather. I've lost weeks of work since it started. It's not a conspiracy, it's rain Nick El Greco

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