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Bit of a long shot this one. Not even sure it justifies a new thread tbh but what the hell. I know it's only a fairly minor development, but they are constructing some 'corner elements' at VR I believe. Some is student accommodation I think. It's just that I can't find any real news or photos of progress anywhere. Maybe I'm missing something or just looking in the wrong places...?

Any info/help would be most appreciated.
 

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Thanks for your info, but this is the stuff I have seen already, the article on the official site in dated June.

Was hoping to see some internal photos of the progress. I'm sure some will pop up somewhere soon.
 

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Theres plenty of opportunity to increase capacity on that side of the ground too, although slightly limited due to the proximity of the road and houses.
 

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The new flats joined to the Rookery stand had been completed in the summer and either sold to private buyers or rented out to key workers (hosptial workers) of the hospital next door, who have all moved in.

The East stand (now without the roof) will not be torn down until the new changing rooms have been completed between the corner of Rous and Rookery stand. Work on the new changing rooms has been stopped for year due to lack of finances.

Watford were hoping that if Saracens RFC stayed on at Vicarage Rd, then they would pay for the new East stand, but seems Saracens most likely to be leaving with Copthall stadium in Barnet being a preference presently.

So looks like the stadium will look the same for the forseeable future.
 

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New East Stand to be built after a deal was signed over the weekend:

After more than a decade of false dawns and broken promises, Watford FC will have a new East Stand open during this season after a crucial agreement was signed over the weekend.

The deal to build the grandstand, which will house more than 3,000 fans, was sealed over the weekend when a heads of terms agreement was signed with stadia construction specialists GL Events.

Demolition contracts are already signed and in place with local firm Gaywoods and a schedule of works – likely to commence in the next week – is already in place.

It will be 'a permanent grandstand structure' which will be made of steel within concrete foundations and there will be concrete rows within the stand.


Access to the stand will be via turnstiles from Occupation Road with the option of adding a front load facility into the design.

Hornets’ chief executive Scott Duxbury said: "We are delighted to be building a new East Stand as part of the planned stadium improvement, which includes the decision to house all extra hospitality options in the South West Corner development.

"This means that extra capacity for fans, the demand for which is clear from our first few home games this season, will be the key focus of the new East Stand.

"Working with the expertise of GL Events, I am certain it will be a construction of which we can all be very proud."

Duxbury said shortly after his arrival last year that an East Stand would be built once the average attendance was around the 15,000 mark, with the Vicarage Road capacity around 17,000 if you exclude restricted view seats.

The attendances towards the end of last season suggested there was the demand for a new stand and the average attendance during the four home Championship games so far this campaign has been 15,742.

Negotiations regarding a new stand have been ongoing for several months and minor details continue to be adjusted.

The contract being signed at the weekend was a significant moment for the club after many years of false dawns and previous plans, spanning several regimes.

Watford will demolish the main East Stand structures, including the players' tunnel and changing areas which during the initial plans were going to remain. The media centre, former supporters club building, toilet block and the terracing on the Vicarage Road side of the main building will also be demolished.

The Watford Observer will have exclusive first access to the exact plans, artist’s impressions and other visuals once they are finalised over the next few weeks.
http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sp..._be_built_this_season_after_contracts_signed/

The company involved built Barnet's new West Stand at The Hive, Blackpool's newish stand and the main stand at Sixways:

http://www.slick-seating.com/worcester-warriors-RFC.html

http://www.slick-seating.com/Blackpool-FC.html





 

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I'm surprised that the stand is going to have a capacity of just over 3,000, seems a little unambitious given that Watford clearly have Premier League intentions, from what I've seen that East Stand plot could house something much larger.

To put that capacity in perspective the temporary scaffold South Stand at Withdean Stadium could hold 4,500 on a very narrow plot.
 

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Given who's involved in this project now (Slick Seating), well, it certainly wouldn't surprise me to see that the stand could be expanded if required. Barnet's Slick Seating stand holds 2,700, so it's slightly bigger than that. They already have planning permission for this 5000 capacity stand:



 

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Some more info on Watford's new East Stand:

A section of the new East Stand at Vicarage Road could be open to supporters as early as the new year.

The Joint Contracts Tribunal documents were signed on Monday when a substantial six-figure sum was also paid as a deposit, which meant demolition work was able to begin on the same day.

The stand is a multi-million pound development which will have concrete foundations and rows with steel framework.

It will house around 3,000 Watford fans but the design of the structure means it would be easy to expand in the future if required.

The new structure will be built in sections from left to right; initially starting from the yellow railings at the Vicarage Road end of the stand to the players’ tunnel.

This will enable the new changing rooms for the players and officials to be in place before the current facilities, which are to the right of the players’ tunnel, are demolished.

This means a large section of the new stand should be ready in the new year and it is hoped the whole stand will be open in spring.

Alternative dug-outs will be installed and there will be temporary kiosks used this season until those areas can be fully fitted in the summer.

Work started this week but the plans are flexible and changes are still being made, which means the club are reluctant to set exact dates for completion.


This week the wall at the front of the stand, up to the technical area, was knocked down and replaced with wooden hoardings.

Part of the old stairs at the Vicarage Road end of the East Stand will remain but the railings beyond that section were removed this week.

The club are planning to move the temporary building which houses the members of staff who control the big screen to above the Click-and-Collect shop, which is on the corner of Occupation Road and Vicarage Road.

The temporary gantry used by some of the media will also need to be removed before the more heavy-duty demolition begins.

Local firm Gaywoods are completing the demolition work with the stand being built by stadia construction specialists GL Events.

The current East Stand was closed to supporters in 2008 due to safety concerns.

The media have continued to use the facilities and the players’ families and friends started sitting in the stand towards the end of last season.

Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury said shortly after his arrival last year that an East Stand would be built once the average attendance was around the 15,000 mark, with the Vicarage Road capacity around 17,000 if you exclude restricted view seats.

The attendances at the end of the 2012/13 campaign indicated there was the demand for a new stand and the average attendance so far this season have reiterated that.
http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/10716666.East_Stand_to_open_in_new_year/
 

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Watford have said the final capacity for the new East Stand remains undecided after initial plans indicated it would house 2,600 supporters.

Plans for the structure were uploaded to a planning website this week but the club have reiterated the proposals are changing all the time and will continue to do so during the coming months.

Glyn Evans, Watford's operations director, said: "There are a number of ongoing conversations with regards to specific details within the stand which could affect its final seating capacity – such as the final size of the technical area and the changing rooms."

He added: "Initial plans have been submitted into the public domain to acquire the necessary approvals of the general structure, however the final seating capacity will not be decided until much further into the actual build when final design decisions are made."

The East Stand will be a multi-million pound development which will have concrete foundations and rows with steel framework.

A large section of the stand, which starts at the north end of the structure and ends at the players' tunnel, should be open by early next year with the whole structure fully operational in Spring.

Temporary dug-outs have already been installed and the demolition work gathered pace during the international break.

The retaining walls and boundary walls will be retained according to the initial proposals submitted.

The club have stressed that these plans could change significantly during the building process.

For example the plans submitted to the council are for a 2,600-seater stand but the club have ordered more than 3,000 because there is scope to add more.

One example of an expected alteration is that there were no press seats on the proposal but the club still plan to house the media in the new structure.

Even the number of turnstiles, which is currently pencilled in as five, may change.

Entrance to the ground will be via turnstiles on Occupation Road which will see the current, unused, turnstile blocks reinstated.

The steel staircases will be prefabricated and descend down to the concourse area, where the new facilities such as food kiosks and toilets will be housed in modular units underneath the seated area.

Supporters are expected to access their seats from pitch side via prefabricated steel staircases.

The first row of seats is likely to be more than one metre above pitch level. The initial 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 stand will only be 17 rows high but Watford have opted for a constant rise of 50cm per row, which the club claim will offer "high quality non-restricted sightlines to all spectators".

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.

The roof will be gunmetal grey and made from cladding of 'single-skin trapezoidal sheeting'. The trims and flashing are also the same colour but the plans stated that could change.

There was also an image of the changing room facilities which will be a modular unit. It included not only the changing rooms for both teams and the officials but also a physio room, medical room, drugs room and manager's office.

Watford are still waiting for an artist's impression of the proposed stand.
http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sp...942.East_Stand_plans_will_continue_to_change/





Kinda like a bigger version of Torquay's new stand:



Or I guess you could say it's Barnet's West Stand with steps at the front of it:

 

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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."
http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/watfordfc/watfordfcnews/10811108._/
 
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