Mace still battling to get work finished as club prepares to give update on opening schedule
Ten weeks after Tottenham Hotspur first announced its new stadium was running late, the pictures above, taken on Friday last week, show the current state of construction at the 62,000-seat ground.
And in a series of before-and-after pictures below, we show the rate of construction progress since Spurs first annunced its stadium, being built by Mace, would be delayed back on 13 August.
While the club is playing Manchester City at its temporary Wembley Stadium home a week tonight, it has so far refused to say where it will play Chelsea –its only home league game next month which is taking place on 24 November. An announcement is expected in the next week.
Spurs stadium – in progress:
The club is now understood to be eyeing its game against Burnley on 15 December – less than eight weeks’ away – as its opening competitive match at its new ground. In order to achieve this, it must hold and pass a series of test events so it can be issued with a safety certificate from the local council Haringey. As yet, these dates have not been announced.
While the pitch was laid earlier this month and is expected to have bedded in by early next month, two tower cranes remain at the ground with a concourse, cladding and other public realm among the most visible parts of the stadium yet to be completed.
Last week Spurs chairman Daniel Levy admitted costs had “definitely risen” on the job, leading to speculation it will now be more than double its original £400m pricetag. Levy said that several contractors were responsible for delays.
The Spurs chairman, in a question and answer session with a supporters trust meeting earlier this month, also revealed the club had not intended all of the external work to be completed ahead of its original scheduled opening match against Liverpool on 15 September.
He told supporters the delay had meant that external work, due to have been completed next summer, had been brought forward.
Last week Mace revealed how it ended up working at Tottenham on a construction management contract – despite winning the work for a fixed-price fee.
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