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.
Projects in progress
- Watford Riverwell
Following the clean-up of the area around the Watford Health Campus, the opening of the road to Watford Hospital and the completion of Trade City, we are now ready to deliver our first homes and create a new community and area. We’ve been working on a new masterplan for Watford Riverwell to make sure it’s a place that everyone can enjoy.
What about Watford Hospital? - West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has recently published their proposals to forge ahead with its plans for Watford Hospital. These plans are the responsibility of the Hospital Trust but our masterplan takes the Watford Hospital into account and will continue to support and facilitate progress.
Watford Riverwell 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
- intu Watford
The intu Watford extension opened in autumn 2018, turning Watford in to a 1.4 million sq ft retail, catering and leisure destination. The £180 million pound extension saw the council-owned Charter Place Shopping Centre redeveloped and integrated with the existing refurbished intu Watford shopping centre, placing Watford as one of the top 20 shopping destinations in the UK, alongside Bristol and Edinburgh.
New public spaces for entertainment and events have been 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. Debenhams, TGI Fridays, Yo! Sushi and Las Iguanas have also signed up to be part of the extension, as well as a Hollywood Bowl tenpin bowling alley. During the duration of the project it generated 500 construction jobs leading to 1125 direct new jobs in retail, catering and leisure. For more information, please visit intu.co.uk/watford
- Watford High Street Improvements
Residents will now be able to enjoy a more attractive, less polluted, pedestrian and cycle friendly town centre, with the High Street and Market Street improvements works now completed. The High Street improvements – led by Watford Borough Council in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and Watford BID - were undertaken to provide better access for everyone to fully enjoy the town centre, as well as making it brighter and more spacious by laying attractive new paving, upgrading the bus shelters, banishing unwanted clutter, providing a new dedicated taxi rank just behind the High Street itself and offering new permanent disabled parking bays.
Bollards are now in place to prevent vehicles from illegally driving through the town centre, which has also allowed the bus services to provide smoother and quicker travel for residents and visitors to the town. The council will also be providing more bus stops in the centre by introducing a new stop E near NatWest. Find out more on the key changes to roads and access, bus routes and taxis.