Explore Watford Riverwell

Watford Riverwell is a reflection of the river that runs through its heart.

The River Colne and its surrounding waterways are currently the subject of a major cleanup and biodiversity project. We’re working hard to restore natural habitats and reintroduce native plants and animals so that Watford Riverwell can become a healthy, natural escape within an urban setting – a true breath of fresh air. We’re also collaborating with West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and together, aim to create better health facilities in Watford.


Kier Property & Watford Borough Council have come together to deliver a fantastic new neighbourhood that will make coming home a lasting pleasure.

Development timeline

Watford Riverwell is an ambitious long-term regeneration project and to help you keep track of the project we have created a development timeline, which highlights key project milestones. Work on the initial phases to the south of the Thomas Sawyer Way are underway and we are now developing proposals for the northern zones.


29 acres of currently under-used, mainly former industrial land.


Outline planning permission approved.

November 2016

Permission received to include allotment land into the scheme. Thomas Sawyer Way, a new access road for Watford General Hospital opens.

March 2017

Full planning application for the first phase of residential development, known as “Woodlands”.

Spring 2017

Design works starts on the Northern Zone. The “Watford Riverwell” name is announced.

July 2017

Full planning approval secured for “Woodlands”. Engagement begins on detailed masterplan. River Colne clean-up commences.

Autumn 2017

Site remediation works begins.

September 2017

Engagement on the second phase of new homes at Waterside.

November 2017

Trade City opens, creating 180 new local job opportunities.

December 2017

Full planning application submitted for Waterside, Mayfield Villages partnership agreed to deliver retirement village at Waterside, Watford Community Housing agreement to deliver affordable homes at Woodlands, Jarvis Contracting appointed as main contractor to deliver Woodlands.

February 2018

Construction begins on first new homes at Woodlands.

April 2018

Mayfield Village receive planning approval for retirement village at Waterside.

July 2018

Full planning approval granted for the second phase of new homes, known as “Waterside”, New marketing suite on Thomas Sawyer Way launches sales of first new homes at Waterside.

September 2018

Engagement begins on first phase north of Thomas Sawyer Way to provide a new car park to assist patients, staff and visitors to Watford General Hospital.

Autumn 2018

Construction of Waterside Phase 1 commences. Sales of the first homes at Woodlands commence. Full planning application for the new car park to the north of Thomas Sawyer Way to be submitted.

Due Summer 2019

First new homes to be completed at Woodlands.


The key to Watford Riverwell’s success is its community. We’re committed to actively engaging with community members to make sure positive change is being delivered – in fact, local feedback has already helped shape the development.

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