Major projects update

Watford Borough Council is committed to an ongoing redevelopment programme that is set to secure economic prosperity for decades. 

Over the next 10 to 15 years, more than £1.5 billion worth of investment will be leveraged by the council as part of an ambitious plan which will create thousands of new homes and jobs, with significantly improved services, transport infrastructure and leisure facilities.  

By providing the strategic lead for Watford’s sustainable economic growth, the council is ensuring the borough remains a highly attractive proposition for residents and business alike.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by works associated with these projects.  

The project teams meet regularly and are working together to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum, and that Watford remains open for business. 

The future of intu Watford

Cassiobury Park restoration

Current status: Jan to April 2016 - Demolition works are taking place; some heavy truck traffic around ring-road.

This £150million scheme will see the council-owned Charter Place Shopping Centre redeveloped and integrated with the existing refurbished intu Watford shopping centre, transforming it into a single, vibrant 1.4million sq ft destination. The project will generate 500 construction jobs leading to 1125 direct new jobs in retails, catering and leisure.

New public spaces for entertainment and events will be created, along with large modern retail units, a restaurant hub and cinema.  Cineworld will run the new 40,000sqft cinema multiplex, with approximately 1,500 seats and nine screens, one of which will be a high definition IMAX.

Duration of project: 2015 – 2018

More information
Phone: 01923 250292

Current status: Construction work will begin mid-Feb 2016. Café Cha due to close for around 4 months from March.

The £6.6million Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funded restoration of Cassiobury Park will properly celebrate the history of the park whilst bringing its facilities into the 21st century.

We are creating an eco-friendly new hub building that will become the heart of the park, and provide improved changing facilities for the pools, sports changing rooms, a new kiosk and upper floor café. 

We will also be improving the Café Cha tea pavilion, redesigning the pools, returning the historic listed bandstand, restoring the historic Lime Avenue and providing an on-site park manager, community park ranger and education officer.

Duration of project: 2015 - 2017

More information
Phone: 01923 278705

Metropolitan Line Extension

Watford Health Campus

Current status: Ongoing work to divert utilities (water, gas, electricity and comms) will take place in the Watford Road/ Baldwins Lane roundabout area. Traffic management measures will vary during this time and may involve lane footpath closures.

The Metropolitan Line Extension will greatly enhance the rail network for those living, working and visiting the area. It will support growth and regeneration in the Watford area by creating new links to Watford General Hospital and the new health campus, Croxley Business Park and Cardiff Road Industrial Estate. 

Two new stations will be created at Cassiobridge and Watford Vicarage Road, served by new walk-through air-conditioned trains every ten minutes to and from central London during peak hours. The existing Watford Metropolitan station will close to the public following the opening of the new stations.

Duration of project: 2016 - 2020

More information 
Phone: 0343 222 1234 (24 hours)

Current status: March 2016 - Wiggenhall Road now open.

Watford Health Campus is the town’s major regeneration project. Over the next 15 – 20 years, the £350million project will transform 65 acres of land surrounding Watford Hospital, much of which is currently unused, derelict and contaminated.

The scheme will create a new, vibrant community that will provide around 1,000 new jobs and 750 homes; local retail, leisure and play facilities, and lots of public green space for everyone to enjoy. 

Duration of project: 2015 – 2035

More information
Phone: 01923 278077

If you have any questions on the road construction works the contractors, VolkerFitzpatrick, can be contacted on: 07471 140879 (24 hour emergency number) or on

Lower High Street - pavement widening

Lower High Street - new pedestrian crossing and cycle way

Map of Lower High Street
Lower High Street

Current status: February 2016 – The council is talking to businesses and groups in the town, before moving to a public consultation in the summer

Watford Borough Council is proposing to widen the pavement on the western side of the High Street, between the Met Quarter and Water Lane.

Officers are currently talking with affected businesses and groups to get their views, and then the council will go out to a public consultation later in the year.

The widening of the pavement will improve the look of the Lower High Street – and will make space for businesses to put tables and chairs outside. The Metropolitan Line Extension will bring more people in the town from Watford High Street Station, and these works will ensure they have a great first impression of the town. 

Duration of project: TBC – summer 2016
More information

Phone 01923 226400

Current status: Work in progress

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is proposing accessibility improvements for cyclist and pedestrians along High Street and Lower High Street, Watford

The scheme provides a continuous cycle link between Watford Town Centre and Watford High Street Station via the High Street, continuing via Lower High Street to tie into existing cycle infrastructure in central Watford. The new route comprises of a widened shared-use facility on Lower High Street, and a new contraflow cycle lane on the High Street.
The signalised pedestrian crossings over the ring road will be improved as part of the scheme by adding ‘Toucan’ crossings on both the Beechen Grove and Exchange Road sides to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians crossing between the High Street and the Lower High Street/ Watford High Street underground station. . 

Duration of project: late February – April 2016
More information 
Phone: 0300 123 4047

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