These pictures show how a number of “shabby buildings” will be transformed into nearly 150 flats within the next couple of years.

Work is due to begin on building 147 homes at 149 St Albans Road, opposite The Range and TK Maxx.

Weston Homes has launched its £44m scheme, Watford Cross, which will see 115 private and 32 affordable apartments built.

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The development was given the green light at the third time of asking in June last year because councillors at Watford Borough Council were initially concerned about the height of the front tower.

The scheme, which then was submitted by developer GS8, was rejected by Labour councillors but passed by the Lib Dems.

Weston Homes says its two multi-level buildings, Meriden and Orchard, will be set within “leafy landscaped grounds and communal gardens”.

The scheme includes 16 car parking spaces which includes 10 spaces allocated for car club vehicles only.

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Prices for a one-bedroom apartment will start at £313,000 with three-bed apartments being priced from £506,000.

The development is expected to be completed by the summer of 2021.

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Back in June, the mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, backed the scheme saying it will “regenerate an area which is currently dominated by vehicles and shabby buildings”.

Bob Weston, chairman at Weston Homes said: “Residents at Watford Cross will have access to competitive transport routes into London with over 140 trains a day reaching Euston in 16 minutes, whilst still benefitting from exceptionally finished homes in the leafy suburbs of Hertfordshire.

“With the price of commuting a concern for most London based workers, residents at Watford Cross could be looking at a substantial saving.”

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A number of plots of land across the yard have been purchased but Tyre City will not be going.

The site falls opposite The Range and TK Maxx. Last week, an application was submitted by Berkeley Homes for just over 1,200 homes.

There are still plans to renovate the on-site Grade II-listed Old Station House into a micro-brewery.