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Spurs stadium delayed as Mace enters 'urgent meetings'

Tottenham Hotspur has entered “urgent meetings” with Mace after revealing that its new £800m stadium has been delayed 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 next month.

The club said it was now in urgent follow-up meetings with main contractor Mace and its subcontractors to devise a timetable for rectifying and re-testing the systems.

Tottenham’s first game at the stadium was due to be against Liverpool on 15 September, but the club has now revealed the stadium will not open until at least late October.

Tottenham’s matches against Liverpool (15 September), Cardiff City (6 October) and the NFL match planned for 14 October will all be moved to Wembley.

The venue for Tottenham’s match with Manchester City on 28 October is also in doubt after the club could not confirm whether the stadium would be ready.

The club said it would be in a “better position to outline a revised timetable” for the opening of the stadium after it meets with Mace.

The news comes as Mace and its subcontractors race to finish the stadium.

Last month CN revealed that workers had been incentivised to work back-to-back 12-hour shifts as handover approached.

CN also uncovered a number of adverts from recruitment companies for 16-hour shifts and 80-hour weeks.

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Test events were due to take place at the stadium on 27 August and 1 September, but these are no longer possible due to the issues discovered.

Successful safety events need to take place for the club to obtain a safety licence so that matches can be played at the ground.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said: “We know this will be disappointing for all our season-ticket holders, premium members and our fans worldwide.

“We appreciate the support our partner the NFL has shown since the extent of this issue became evident today.”


  • Spurs stadium delayed as Mace enters 'urgent meetings'

    Spurs stadium delayed as Mace enters 'urgent meetings'

Readers' comments (1)

  • I was offered the lead role for the fit out for this stadium in September 2016. I was told I had 9 months to deliver all the internal spaces from shell and core, as it was to open for the 2017 season, if it didn't Mr Levy would be very angry. There was no fit out programme, no Mace Construction programme, no idea of sectional completion dates and no design. As if that wasn't bad enough when I asked about the extent of the scope, a feint over photocopied A3 GA plan was pushed across the table, it had green highlighter pen of the areas in question. I was told if it failed it would be my responsibility. I told them it was impossible and I would not sign up to failure on my CV and 24/7 working. I don't get treated well at interviews when i'm that honest, but hey ho look at the situation now. This industry, needs a complete shakedown. These growing issues are driven by totally unrealistic client demands, to keep prelims low by unrealistic delivery dates and Main Contractors willing to sign up to suicide. This will continue to have a detrimental knock on effect to the whole industry and supply chain. More smaller contractors will fail from cash flow crisis and some bigger ones as we've already seen. Don't even get me started on mental health effects..

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