Tottenham Hotspur has said it is “hugely frustrated” at the safety systems failures that have led to the delay of its new £800m stadium.
A statement from the club this morning confirmed it had now received a report from main contractor Mace highlighting the extent of the issues with the project’s safety systems.
The statement said: “Delays are common, certainly for builds of this size and complexity; however, we are hugely frustrated that this has occurred with these systems at such a late stage.
“Whilst we would have been able to mitigate other areas, we simply cannot compromise safety. This decision was unavoidable.”
Yesterday Spurs announced it had entered urgent meetings with Mace and its subcontractors after confirming the opening of the stadium had been pushed back over safety issues.
A statement from the north London club confirmed recent testing and commissioning had found issues with critical safety systems, meaning the stadium would not be ready for its opening game against Liverpool next month.
It confirmed it would now move the Liverpool fixture (15 September) and its game against Cardiff City (6 October) to Wembley, while the venue for its match against Manchester City on 28 October is still to be confirmed.
In its latest statement, Tottenham apologised to fans for the delay and said its construction team was working hard to overcome the issues faced.
A Mace spokesman said: “Unfortunately, our routine testing of the critical safety systems has flagged up issues that need to be addressed before the planned test events can go ahead.
“It is extremely disappointing that – as advised by the club – a further two Premier League matches and the NFL game will now be played at Wembley, particularly for Tottenham Hotspur fans, but I am sure people will appreciate safety is our highest priority.
“The club and the construction team are working diligently to complete the iconic stadium as soon as possible.
“Although these delays are obviously frustrating, once complete the new stadium is going to leave a fantastic, lasting legacy and will be a project everyone involved will be proud to be associated with.”