Demolition work on East Stand retaining wall begins

Pictures: Holly Cant

Pictures: Holly Cant

Pictures: Holly Cant

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

The instantly recognisable wall which runs along Occupation Road behind the East Stand at Vicarage Road will shortly be no more after demolition work began this week.

Demolition work on the remaining sections of the East Stand structure was expected to start on Monday but that has yet to happen.

The large wall behind the East Stand was scheduled to remain in initial plans but the decision to extend the changing room area meant the retaining wall is being taken down.

Two weeks ago Watford’s chief executive Scott Duxbury said he still hoped the new stand would be open in time for the start of the season in August.

Yesterday (Thursday) the Hornets refused to answer several questions relating to the East Stand, including whether they still expect it to be ready on time.

We asked the club the questions after we were contacted by a reader who claimed asbestos had been found on site and that would lead to further delays. The man also claimed the club had decided to change the company who were conducting the work underneath the new stand.

Like Watford, GL Events, who are building the stand, refused to answer any of our questions. Demolition firm Gaywood were also unavailable to comment.

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6:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

gasguzzler says...

Can only hope GL Events aren't charging by the day !
Can only hope GL Events aren't charging by the day ! gasguzzler
  • Score: 8

7:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

chadderton orn says...

How about a view of the stand from the pitch.What you can see look's o k.
How about a view of the stand from the pitch.What you can see look's o k. chadderton orn
  • Score: 4

7:13pm Thu 12 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

Unavailable to ccomment says it all...
Unavailable to ccomment says it all... watford1881
  • Score: 9

7:19pm Thu 12 Jun 14

SAHornet says...

chadderton orn wrote:
How about a view of the stand from the pitch.What you can see look's o k.
Chaderton, click on this link
http://iris2.time-la
pse-systems.com/watf
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when the page opens click on the timed thumbnails on the left of your screen and wait for the photos to open on your screen. Takes a few moments but will give you a great view of the new stand's progress from SW corner. Hope this helps.
[quote][p][bold]chadderton orn[/bold] wrote: How about a view of the stand from the pitch.What you can see look's o k.[/p][/quote]Chaderton, click on this link http://iris2.time-la pse-systems.com/watf ord-football-club-ca m when the page opens click on the timed thumbnails on the left of your screen and wait for the photos to open on your screen. Takes a few moments but will give you a great view of the new stand's progress from SW corner. Hope this helps. SAHornet
  • Score: 8

8:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

D.unstable says...

Don't care if its not quite finished for the first few games, we won't fill it yet anyhow. We've waiting so long it is more important that they get it right. Looking good.
Don't care if its not quite finished for the first few games, we won't fill it yet anyhow. We've waiting so long it is more important that they get it right. Looking good. D.unstable
  • Score: 13

11:04pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Andrew1963 says...

I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out
I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out Andrew1963
  • Score: 4

11:16pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Billie says...

I didn't think we needed a wall when the stand was already ring-fenced
I didn't think we needed a wall when the stand was already ring-fenced Billie
  • Score: 13

11:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I feel sorry for that wall
I feel sorry for that wall Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 5

12:02am Fri 13 Jun 14

only5foot3 says...

So you can walk onto the pitch unchallenged at the moment?
So you can walk onto the pitch unchallenged at the moment? only5foot3
  • Score: -1

8:17am Fri 13 Jun 14

wd40 says...

only5foot3 wrote:
So you can walk onto the pitch unchallenged at the moment?
Some would say you could have played on the pitch unchallenged last year.
[quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: So you can walk onto the pitch unchallenged at the moment?[/p][/quote]Some would say you could have played on the pitch unchallenged last year. wd40
  • Score: 21

8:52am Fri 13 Jun 14

garston tony says...

Not sure why they are reluctant to comment, I dont think any fans would be up in arms if there were delays due to say finding asbestos or such like or if the contractor turned out to be not up to the job
Not sure why they are reluctant to comment, I dont think any fans would be up in arms if there were delays due to say finding asbestos or such like or if the contractor turned out to be not up to the job garston tony
  • Score: 3

9:10am Fri 13 Jun 14

perry1990 says...

Mace constructed the shard quicker than this is being built. Disappointing effort here.
Mace constructed the shard quicker than this is being built. Disappointing effort here. perry1990
  • Score: -13

9:16am Fri 13 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out
Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out[/p][/quote]Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -9

10:22am Fri 13 Jun 14

ORBY says...

I think they have found some remains from the Petchey ere-still stinks!!
I think they have found some remains from the Petchey ere-still stinks!! ORBY
  • Score: 2

2:39pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Boosey says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Andrew1963 wrote:
I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out
Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.
Some people are not as fortunate as others, I'd like to think your comment was tongue in cheek but it doesn't feel like it.
Your comments are in very poor taste.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out[/p][/quote]Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.[/p][/quote]Some people are not as fortunate as others, I'd like to think your comment was tongue in cheek but it doesn't feel like it. Your comments are in very poor taste. Boosey
  • Score: 5

3:45pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

Boosey wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
Andrew1963 wrote:
I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out
Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.
Some people are not as fortunate as others, I'd like to think your comment was tongue in cheek but it doesn't feel like it.
Your comments are in very poor taste.
It was meant as a light hearted dig at Andrew's post, not a snipe at the underprivileged.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out[/p][/quote]Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.[/p][/quote]Some people are not as fortunate as others, I'd like to think your comment was tongue in cheek but it doesn't feel like it. Your comments are in very poor taste.[/p][/quote]It was meant as a light hearted dig at Andrew's post, not a snipe at the underprivileged. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

4:19pm Fri 13 Jun 14

lutondown says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Andrew1963 wrote:
I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out
Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.
Harold of the bourjeois eh? Look forward you walking down occ Rd shouting let them eat cake.
Really shouldn't sneer!!
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out[/p][/quote]Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.[/p][/quote]Harold of the bourjeois eh? Look forward you walking down occ Rd shouting let them eat cake. Really shouldn't sneer!! lutondown
  • Score: 3

4:22pm Fri 13 Jun 14

lutondown says...

D.unstable wrote:
Don't care if its not quite finished for the first few games, we won't fill it yet anyhow. We've waiting so long it is more important that they get it right. Looking good.
Absolutely spot on. I note the negative posters were some of Bas's biggest fans. Come on people smell the roses FFS they are dealing with foundations nearly 100 years old and the discovery of asbestos. Things never go to plan, but he'll it's a lot better than pre pozzo.
Negative numpties
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Don't care if its not quite finished for the first few games, we won't fill it yet anyhow. We've waiting so long it is more important that they get it right. Looking good.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on. I note the negative posters were some of Bas's biggest fans. Come on people smell the roses FFS they are dealing with foundations nearly 100 years old and the discovery of asbestos. Things never go to plan, but he'll it's a lot better than pre pozzo. Negative numpties lutondown
  • Score: 7

8:49am Mon 16 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

lutondown wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
Andrew1963 wrote:
I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out
Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.
Harold of the bourjeois eh? Look forward you walking down occ Rd shouting let them eat cake.
Really shouldn't sneer!!
If there's not enough bread to go round I may sling a couple of Brioches over the fence.
[quote][p][bold]lutondown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I am so upset I won't be able to see the back of the terrace houses in Liverpool road - it's a disgrace, bring back Baz, Simpson and Ashton -Pozzo's out[/p][/quote]Ah yes, the ugly terraced houses with those poor peasants living inside, they probably still have outside toilets, how ****, I feel as though I can smell them from here.[/p][/quote]Harold of the bourjeois eh? Look forward you walking down occ Rd shouting let them eat cake. Really shouldn't sneer!![/p][/quote]If there's not enough bread to go round I may sling a couple of Brioches over the fence. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

11:56am Mon 16 Jun 14

Andrew1963 says...

Cake - now that's an idea for the Vicarage road catering team to consider. Nice piece of chocolate cake, or Panettone. Bearing in mind the inability of some 'correspondents' to recognise sarcasm, i dare not suggest that Fruit cake would be a good seller.
Cake - now that's an idea for the Vicarage road catering team to consider. Nice piece of chocolate cake, or Panettone. Bearing in mind the inability of some 'correspondents' to recognise sarcasm, i dare not suggest that Fruit cake would be a good seller. Andrew1963
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Tue 17 Jun 14

John Howard Norfolk says...

Those of us who have supported the club since the days of playing in blue and white in the old Third Division South can remember the ground as it has evolved over decades. I have some old photos and just wish I had hung on to my collection of old programmes - remember them at 6d each?
Those of us who have supported the club since the days of playing in blue and white in the old Third Division South can remember the ground as it has evolved over decades. I have some old photos and just wish I had hung on to my collection of old programmes - remember them at 6d each? John Howard Norfolk
  • Score: 0

6:13am Fri 20 Jun 14

jbb503 says...

It will categorically not be ready for August. Fact.

But thats ok, it will get done probably for October/November, and there are lots of supply issues in construction at the moment meaning its unlikely to be GL Events or WFC's fault.

Would be nice however to know what the real plan is - i.e. open the middle bit first? Look forward to hearing the club's real plan of action.
It will categorically not be ready for August. Fact. But thats ok, it will get done probably for October/November, and there are lots of supply issues in construction at the moment meaning its unlikely to be GL Events or WFC's fault. Would be nice however to know what the real plan is - i.e. open the middle bit first? Look forward to hearing the club's real plan of action. jbb503
  • Score: 0

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