Watford's chief executive has reiterated the club do have the option to expand the capacity of Vicarage Road beyond 20,000 in the future should they need to.

The new East Stand being built will house around 2,600 supporters and will take the capacity for the whole venue to just over 20,000 if you include the restricted view seats in the rest of the ground.

The artist's impressions of the new stand were released to the Watford Observer this week after a delay of around a month.

The new structure, which the club describe as a multi-million pound development, will consist of 17 rows and provide one of the best views in the stadium due to the 50cm gap between each row - which is similar to the Upper Rous.

Despite only having 17 rows, the club expect the roof of the new structure to almost be the same height as the Rookery End, which has more than 40 rows.

Chief executive Scott Duxbury said: "We are really pleased that the visuals created by the construction company, GL Events, represent fully the excellent views that will be offered to supporters because of the work that has been put in by both parties to maximise the design potential of the East Stand.

"Whilst the stand will take our total capacity to over 20,000, there is also flexibility for further expansion and development should the need arise."

Demolition work started in the first week of October and the section of the stand from the north end (Vicarage Road side) to the current players' tunnel should be open by early next year with the whole stand in use by the Spring.

The structure will have concrete foundations and rows with a steel framework, which is permanent.

Some aspects of the artist's impressions will change. Watford have indicated the cladding and roofing are likely to be a dark grey rather than the light colour in the pictures and other 'club finishing' will be added to the stand.

The space between the steel framework on the Occupation Road side of the stand will be filled with a range of pre-fabricated food kiosks, which will be slotted into the 3m-high gap and can be changed with relative ease.

The rooms, which can be seen in the concourse in the pictures, will be toilets and the players and officials' changing rooms, a small medical centre and other rooms such as the manager's office will be housed under the East Stand.

The tunnel to the pitch will now be on the half-way line, as will the broadcast gantry, which is the box on the back row of the stand.

There is currently nowhere in the artist's impressions for the written media and radio but the club are expected to house the reporters at the back of the stand.

The new building - like the old East Stand - will not cover the full length of the pitch due to a number of reasons; the old retaining wall and boundaries have been retained to assist with the building work, going to the end of the pitch would have restricted the view from some seats in the Vicarage Road Stand, and also leaving the extra space will help when the club eventually develop the north-east corner of the stadium.

Access to the stand should be via turnstiles on Occupation Road and the plan is for the current, unused, turnstile blocks to be reinstated.

The steel staircases will be prefabricated and descend down to the concourse area and supporters will access their seats from pitch side on steel staircases.

The first row of seats is likely to be more than one metre above pitch level. The plans suggest the first row at the north end of the stand will be 1.29m above pitch level with it rising to 1.9m at the south end.

The additional space at the front of the stand will be used to house disabled supporters, who will enter the ground at the same south-east entrance as those who sit in the Rookery End, and potentially photographers.

Watford say they are on track with demolition work and this week the remaining roof of the East Stand was taken off.

Operations director Glyn Evans said: "Supporters attending home matches have the obvious advantage of being able to see for themselves the progress of the demolition works.

"It has certainly been significant over the last fortnight and we continue to work in partnership with G.J. Gaywood and GL Events to ensure that the timing of demolition and construction works is such that the progress of all works is as efficient as it can be."