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
Current status: June 2017 – Steelworks ongoing: in the last few months there has been great progress on site with the erection of the steelwork for the cinema and leisure block.
The intu Watford extension should be opening in Autumn 2018, turning Watford in to a 1.4 million sq ft retail, catering and leisure destination. The £180 million pound extension will see council-owned Charter Place Shopping Centre redeveloped and integrated with the existing refurbished intu Watford shopping centre. Once completed, it will place Watford as one of the top 20 shopping destinations in the UK, alongside Bristol and Edinburgh.
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. 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.
The project will generate 500 construction jobs leading to 1125 direct new jobs in retail, catering and leisure.
Duration of project: 2015 – 2018
Phone: 01923 250292
Cassiobury Park restoration
Current status: The paddling pools and new hub building open to the public in July 2017
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 have created 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 have also improved The Cha Café tea pavilion, redesigned the paddling pools, returned the historic listed bandstand, restored the historic Lime Avenue and provided an on-site park manager, community park ranger and education officer.
Duration of project: 2015 - 2017
Metropolitan Line Extension
Current status: Ongoing work to divert utilities (water, gas, electricity and communications) 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
Current status: June 2017 - Trade City Watford on target to open this summer, first homes on site planned and designs for two central zones underway. 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 (formerly 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
Watford High Street Improvements
As part of the major retail development occurring in Watford High Street, Project Centre are working with Watford Borough Council, Intu shopping centre, Watford Business Improvement District, Laing O'Rourke, Project Centre and Hertfordshire County Council to repave the High Street and revise the way it is used by vehicles. The proposal is to integrate the High Street works with the Charter Place (Intu) development by:
- Creating a high quality pedestrian-friendly environment, coordinated with recent works in the pedestrian section of the High Street
- Reducing traffic flow from Clarendon Road to Market Street, including reviewing how buses use the stretch between Clarendon Road (Watford Palace Theatre side) and Market Street and minimising on-street parking
The key changes in the proposal are:
Roads and access
- A narrowing of the carriageway down to 4.75m between Clarendon Road and Market Street
- Contra-flow cycle lane within the carriageway
- Rising bollards to be installed at either end of the proposals between Clarendon Road and Market Street to operate evenings and weekends to ensure only buses and commercial vehicles have access.
- Blue badge parking (approximately five spaces)to be relocated from the High Street between Clarendon Road and Market Street and expanded to 10 new bays in Church Street
- A diversion of some bus routes so they no longer pass through the High Street between Clarendon Road and Market Street
- Buses will be limited to picking up and dropping off passengers in the High Street between Clarendon Road and Market Street but will not be able to stop for other reasons.
- Bus stops B, C and D to be merged into single bus stop
- An extension in the length of bus Stop F
- Relocation of four taxi bays from the High Street to Wellstones (where five will be installed)
- Existing part time feeder taxi rank on New Street to become full time
- A new direct taxi call-in service to be provided by Intu.
It is intended that construction works will start on site by March 2018 and be completed by September 2018 in time for the opening of the new retail facilities.
Here's where you can find the stakeholder engagement report on our planned 2018 improvement works in Watford High Street.