Watford Drywall Services are your local plasterer and drylining contractor providing professional plastering and drylining services for public, residential and commercial buildings in Watford and Herts. We are the renown local plasterer that has been serving Watford for many decades.
Watford Drywall Services team of plastering experts offer a wide range of plastering services including – drylining, rendering, screeding, skimming, plaster repair and general plastering services. Our projects have been on new buildings and development as well as domestic premises.
Whether you are just fitting out your office or showroom, involved in a house extension or renovation project or a new development project, Watford Drywall is on hand to support you.
Although based in Watford, Watford Drywall provides services in Croxley Green, Bushey, Rickmansworth, Hemel Hempstead, Radlett, Shenfield and other surrounding areas in Hertfordshire and North West London. Watford post codes include WD17, WD18, WD19, WD23, WD24 and WD25. The phone area code is 01923.
Watford is the largest town in the county of Hertfordshire. It has an estimated population of 102,981 residents as of the 2011 UK census. Watford is the administrative hub within Hertfordshire. The town sits on the southwest border of Hertfordshire. It is located 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of London.
It is also only 8 miles away from Saint Albans, a historic market town in Hertfordshire that has been at the site since Norman times. Watford makes up around 1% of the population of England and Wales making it a small-sized inner-city area compared to many other towns and cities across the United Kingdom. The Shire is made up of eight districts: Cassiobury, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Abbots Langley, Chipperfield, Watford Rural North and South, Wheathampstead and Yiewsley & West Drayton.
The town probably got its name from a 17th-century inn called The Horns. Hertfordshire was almost certainly inhabited by prehistoric humans and it is generally assumed that the earliest settlers in the area were farmers or cattle grazers who occupied several areas within the county with their settlements being concentrated along river valleys and coastal plains. They would have done so on account of these areas' natural resources. There are different types of remains from this period such as stone implements which could have been utilized for cutting or grinding. However, evidence for this has also been found in the form of an unfinished flint-tipped arrowhead which was discovered at Abbots Langley, with the remains being dated to around 8000 BC. These points could have indicated a direction of travel or settlement, therefore, they could be evidence that there were people on Watford's borders as early as this period.
It is unclear if there was a permanent settlement within Watford's boundaries before the Roman invasion; however, it is clear that when the Romans reached Britain there was some kind of settlement here, as part of Watling Street connected Watford to London. No surviving records are indicating any major Roman presence in Watford although it appears that an urbanised agricultural area did exist during this time.
Watford's proximity to London makes it a great commuter town for people predominantly working in London. Watford is one of the major economic hubs in the South East of England. In September 2014, it was announced that there are plans to open 20 new primary schools and 3 new secondary schools in Watford by 2020.
In 2000, West Herts College started courses at the old Radlett Library site on London Road. The college had purchased both this building and also the former "Bridges" pub which stood opposite for use as an extended library and Computer Studies department respectively.
The diversification plan in the mid-2000s from a polytechnic offering both full and part-time courses to an 'Approved Learning Institution' doing mainly further education led to the closure of some departments and brought pressures on others as new courses were added. In 2005 plans were put in place for a major redevelopment of the London Road site with an architect appointed before planning permission was obtained. It would have provided a 400-seat auditorium, new Dance Studio, Engineering workshop, Glass Workshop, Student Union and other facilities including office space for community use (allowing clubs to afford their rent). The scheme also involved the demolition of some buildings no longer required but with listed status.
The site has been redeveloped since 2008, with the main hall now a 1500-seat auditorium, and the London Road buildings housing new student accommodation blocks called Wellington Heights along with restaurants and shops. The campus is open to the public during daylight hours and there are regular guided tours of the architecture which won awards for design excellence.
Watford has transport links that connect it to other major cities in England. It is well served by bus routes and two train stations.
The local railway station was formerly called Watford Junction but has been renamed Watford High Street to reduce confusion and reflect its change of function. Its three-letter station code is WGH. The main station building still stands on the west side of the line and some goods yard tracks in the northwest corner have not been entirely lifted yet. Other disused track areas around the site are being reused for storage by a nearby concrete supplier. British Rail trains ceased at this station in 1996 when Central Trains/Great Western Trains services were withdrawn.
The London Underground Metropolitan line runs through central Watford, with stations at Cassio Road and Watford Vicarage Road. The latter is – like WVJ – served by the four trains (Mondays-Saturdays) that call at all three Watford stations (other than West Watford which has no regular service). A free shuttle bus connects Cassio Road and Vicarage Road stations with Watford Junction station.
There are five railway stations in Watford. They are Watford Junction Station, Watford High Street Station, Watford Market Overground station, Watford Vicarage Road Station and Watford Abbots Langley steam railway station. These stations have links to London Euston, London Kings Cross, Birmingham New Street and Liverpool Lime Street.
The most common form of transport in Watford is the car with 89% of persons travelling to work in their car. In 2013 an official report released by National Rail stated that 27,235 passengers used Watford Junction Station daily; this statistic was given for National Rail Stations during 2014. The number of people using it has decreased since 2005 when around 30,000 used the station every day. This may be due to a shift towards using public transport which would include more frequent buses to the city centre and National Rail Inter-City services.
Plans to regenerate Watford town centre are ongoing. A new shopping area with a public square, pedestrianised streets and improved transport links to central London including Crossrail services which will connect directly into the station have been completed or are in progress. As part of this redevelopment High Speed 2 will be extended from Birmingham through northwest England and pass through the station which is why more intercity express trains are using it.
Watford's economy is dominated by the service sector and the town is a significant retail centre with branches of national retailers including Boots, Debenhams, Tesco, Argos, W H Smith. There are many restaurants (including Italian, Chinese and Indian) in Watford as well as coffee shops and pubs.
The town's main industries are distribution (Quixall Road), business services (Meriden Business Park), information technology (ITV Digital Media Centre) and advertising. The south of Watford is also home to companies using the Industrial Estate which was used by Austin Rover from 1946–2000 until they moved their manufacturing processes overseas which were then carried out by BMW on the same site before they too moved their manufacturing processes overseas to Slovakia, China and Malaysia.
There are also several bus stops in central Watford: on the High Street, close to St Mary's Hospital; on the Green, near The Golden Lion pub; on Grove Road opposite Beaumont Hospital; and in London Street near the main entrance of Hertfordshire University.
The local newspapers are "The Watford Observer" published every Tuesday & Friday and "The Watford Herald" published every Wednesday. Both papers cover news from a large area of North West London, including the boroughs of Harrow, Hillingdon, Ealing & Barnet. The Watford Observer is a weekly newspaper published every Thursday which covers local news. In addition, there are five monthly periodicals covering politics, religion, trade journals including detailed council reports and business information plus alternative magazines for entertainment.
Watford is a well-known sporting city. It is home to Watford Football Club, which competes in the English Premier League and to Saracens Rugby Club. Both teams play their home games at Vicarage Road Stadium. The non-league football team Hertford Town F.C., founded in 1888 as Watford Rovers, also come from the Watford area.