Wherever you look in Watford, it seems like something new is on the horizon.

There’s no doubt the town is going through quite a change with thousands of homes under construction.

And many, particularly drivers, will have spotted a new development that’s ramping up pretty close to the heart of the town.

We're talking about the construction site in Clarendon Road, next door to the Jurys Inn, and that backs onto Beechen Grove towards the ring road.

Watford Observer: The construction site on the left for The ClarendonThe construction site on the left for The Clarendon

Those who have followed developments closely in recent times will know exactly what's to come - but if you don't, it's going to be a building that will dominate Watford's skyline.  

Work at this site actually began last year when an office building known as Hannay House was demolished.

Now an empty space and a pile of rubble, in a couple of years' time, the site will look a whole lot different.

Watford Observer: The construction siteThe construction site

Watford Observer: The rear of Hannay House - the building that was demolished. Credit: Google Street ViewThe rear of Hannay House - the building that was demolished. Credit: Google Street View

Developer Regal London expects that its 25-storey tower - known as The Clarendon - will be ready for residents to move into in 2024.

In all, there will be 168 privately owned flats along with a cinema and gym for residents with 24-hour concierge.

There will also be 150,000 square foot of office space in a building that will be Watford’s tallest once complete – before it is eclipsed by the 28 storey tower in St Albans Road.

Watford Observer: This is what The Clarendon is expected to look like once complete. Credit: Regal LondonThis is what The Clarendon is expected to look like once complete. Credit: Regal London

By October last year, Regal London said it had already secured £5.8 million in pre-sales in The Clarendon and said it hopes to attract first-time buyers and employees working locally.

The developer will reportedly be paying Watford Borough Council around £1.6 million to support affordable housing elsewhere in the borough, with no affordable housing provision being offered in The Clarendon.

Watford Observer: A mock-up of what an apartment in The Clarendon may look like. Credit: Regal LondonA mock-up of what an apartment in The Clarendon may look like. Credit: Regal London

The developer added it expects up to 380 full time jobs will be supported during the construction phase of the project and anticipates an additional 1,200 direct jobs once the development is operational.