Alex Mott

Firm behind Tottenham’s stadium build finally reveal reason for delay

The building firm contracted to carry out the construction of Tottenham’s new stadium have confirmed that “faulty wiring” is the reason for delays.

The north London club were supposed to be in their new home by the start of this season, but saw that pushed back earlier on in the year.

Spurs were then meant to unveil their new ground in the home game against Liverpool at the end of September, but the club were forced into an embarrassing admission last week when they told supporters that “essential alarm systems” were down and that they would be forced to play at Wembley until at least November.

Chairman Daniel Levy had been vague about the reasons behind the delay, but Mace, the company in charge of the build have finally revealed what’s causing the lateness.

Chief executive Mark Reynolds told Building magazine that “issues with the critical safety systems were linked to the fire detection contractor encountering higher than usual electrical wiring faults”.

He did however, calm fans nerves by stating that although recent images on social media may suggest a stadium that’s barely half finished, Tottenham will be in the stadium soon.

“Many of the outstanding external elements of the build are cosmetic and are not required for the stadium to open for the first football game,” Reynolds said.

“Follow up meetings continue to take place with trade contractors where the situation and planned timetable are being reviewed to rectify and re-test. We shall then be in a better position to outline the revised timetable for opening.”