Watford Football Club will get a revamped stadium as part of a 26.5-hectare regeneration plan for the town, which will also include a new £320m hospital.
The Watford Health Campus masterplan aims to redevelop West Watford, and reconnect the area with the rest of the town.
Client Watford Borough Council has secured outlining planning permission for the scheme, and has today said it will issue an official OJEU notice on 1 December 2010.
When completed, the Health Campus will include:
- A new 510 bed hospital, costing around £320m, to replace the existing Watford General Hospital;
- A specialist women's and children's unit delivering 6,000 births per year;
- A new mental health unit to replace the existing Shrodells Mental Health Unit built in the 1960s;
- Primary, intermediate and diagnostic services;
- New offices for health agencies.
In addition, the project includes a number of other initiatives on adjacent land, including:
- 300 new homes, including homes for health and key workers;
- New business, leisure and recreation premises;
- An enhanced stadium and environment for Watford FC;
- Space for new and expanding businesses, especially those linked to healthcare delivery;
- Hotel, leisure and hospitality services;
- A new combined heat and power plant;
- Improved transport and highways infrastructure.