Directions to Office

CONTENTS

SUMMARY
IF YOU ARE USING A SAT-NAV.
IF YOU ARE USING A MAP OF ENGLAND (or of London)
FROM THE MOTORWAY (SUMMARY)
BY ROAD, FOR LOCALS (who don't need a map)
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT (incl. walking/cycling from the stations)
LINKS, INCLUDING JOURNEY PLANNERS AND BUS TIMETABLES
BY FOOT and BICYCLE (detail)

SUMMARY

See our current opening hours.

VISITORS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: email us or call 01923 220206. It will save time if, when you make the appointment, you tell us which items you require. We will then fetch them from the warehouse so that they are ready for you to see. We encourage you to check the items to make sure that they are suitable for your needs. We do not demonstrate chemical testers, gem testers or low-value items.

ADDRESS: Quicktest, Unit 7, Park House (Flexspace), 15-19 Greenhill Crescent, Watford Business Park, Watford, WD18 8PH. If you are using a sat-nav, scroll down to "If you are using a sat-nav" so that you know where to go once you have reached the block. 

MAPS: Google;  Streetmap (best street map);  What3Words cats.seat.cake 

PARKING: you must park in a parking bay. Then you have 10mns after which you risk getting a £100.00 parking ticket. You can park outside our door (no bay) but you must leave keep your eye open for the parking wardens, we will not get involved in disputes about parking tickets. 

PAYMENT: Cash preferred. Or pay by bank transfer (this is usually instant but, officially, it can take up to two hours). No cards, sorry.

RETURNS: items bought from the office may not be returned so please allow time to check they are suitable for your needs, i.e. phone to tell us what you want, so that we can have the order ready for you to see.

IF YOU ARE USING A SAT-NAV.

WD18 8PH, No.19 - this will take you to an office block / industrial units. We are UNIT 7 but the units are randomly numbered and poorly signposted. For our exact location
either
go to what3words, click on the little picture of the world (at the very bottom right of your screen if you're using a desktop/laptop) and look at the aerial view of the building
or
follow these instructions:

  • as you make the final approach along Greenhill Crescent, look to your left, look upwards, there's a transmitting tower on top of the building; also Flexspace high up on the side of the building (but mostly hidden by a tree in the summer) - that is Park House but the landlord has taken down the Park House sign and put up signs that read Flexspace: stop! turn left here (GATE 1) - see below. 

Directions to Unit 7:

  • Turn left into GATE 1, Tony & Maria's Cafe will be on your right.
  • At the skips at the end, turn right. You are now in the back car park, driving along the back of the building.
  • We are near the end of the car park, 120 yards away
  • Drive slowly, past entrance C, we are now 60 yards away, this is a good time to look for a parking space.

Sticking out into the car park is Unit 7 and above the '7' (look up) is "QUICKTEST"

  • ignore the roller shutters (unless you are delivering heavy goods)
  • ignore the first door (warehouse side door)
  • the next door is the office ('QUICKTEST' above door) - if you get to the ramp you've gone 20 yards too far (but you may continue up the ramp and park, it's all Park House).
  • Our front door will be open, walk in, up the short corridor to the office. If the front door is closed and locked, it is because you did not make an appointment and we are closed.

Parking

You must park in a parking bay. You then have 10mns after which you risk getting a £100.00 parking ticket. If the parking bays are all full, you can park outside our door (no bay) but you must keep your eye open for the parking wardens, we will not get involved in disputes about parking tickets. 

IF YOU ARE USING A MAP OF ENGLAND (or of London)

Click here to see the map. For directions once you get to the block scroll up to IF YOU ARE USING A SAT-NAV.

IF YOU ARE USING A MAP OF ENGLAND

Find London. Now move your eye North West and find Watford. If you can see Harrow you're nearly there, if you're looking at St Albans, Hemel Hempstead or Amersham you've overshot. Have you found Watford? Now find Croxley - this is on the A412, west of Watford, half way between the centre of Watford and the centre of Rickmansworth. That is the location of the business parks.

If you have to stop and ask...

It is the double roundabout you are aiming for, especially the smaller of the two with the word CROXLEY around on it. 

Landmarks on map:

  • bridge over the canal
  • new housing development, site of fire station until 2013, will still be marked Fire Station on old maps.
  • double roundabout.

Landmarks to ask for if you know think you are very close:

  • Harvester pub-restaurant (on the next roundabout towards Croxley)
  • Brewers Fayre / The Rising Sun / Premier Inn (all the same building) is by the short dual carriageway that leads into the business parks
  • Big Yellow Self Storage (next to The Rising Sun and the low bridge)
  • Tower blocks under construction (due for completion 2023)
  • Royal Mail Delivery office (1/4 mile past Quicktest), ask a postman.

New Landmark 

  • Tower block(s) under construction, part of the 485-home Cortland Cassiobury estate, due for completion next year (2023), might not be on your map or sat nav.

What next?  For directions once you get to the block scroll up to IF YOU ARE USING A SAT-NAV.

FROM THE MOTORWAY (SUMMARY)

Watford is inside the M25...but only just. The M25 loops tightly round three sides of Watford so please look at the map - if you approach from the South use Junction 17 or 18, if you approach from the North West or North use Junction 19 or 20, if you approach from the East use Junction 21a. We are approximately 4.5 miles from each of these junctions. Similarly, the A41 loops round two sides of Watford, look at the map or you could add 15mns to the journey. From the M1 leave at either Junction 5 or 6. From the A1(M) I suggest you leave at J3 onto A414 and follow the signs to the M1 (you will join M1 at J6 and leave it at J5) - but there are various other routes.

BY ROAD, FOR LOCALS (who don't need a map)

Do not confuse Watford Business Park with the industrial estates off Tolpits Lane. By car you cannot reach Watford Business Park from Tolpits Lane (though there is a footpath).

From Watford. Watford Business Park (adjoining Croxley Business Park) is best approached from the Rickmansworth Road, the double roundabout is the first roundabout after the underpass.

From Bushey via Bushey Arches or from Northwood via the NATO ('Warrior') base. Turn West into Deacons Hill / Wiggenhall Road, ahead at the lights, over the bridge at the lights, follow left into Vicarage Road, over the pedestrian lights, right at the traffic lights, road bends left, road bends right, ahead at mini roundabout, left into the main road at lights. You should now be in Whippendell Road. At the roundabout follow the signs to the Business Parks onto the dual carriageway.

From Rickmansworth via Watford Road. Aim for the roundabout after Croxley station.

From St Albans take the North Orbital then A412 / St Albans Road all the way. Alternatively take A411 / Hempstead Rd and join A412 / Rickmansworth Road at the Town Hall roundabout.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT (incl. walking/cycling from the stations)

BY TRAIN - SUMMARY and LINKS

There are two stations and they are in different parts of town: closest is Watford Underground (from Baker Street, 43mns) the other station is Watford Junction (from Euston, fastest train is 16mns, slowest is 1hr 10mns). Both stations are listed on the TFL (Transport for London) route-planner

Watford Underground (Metropolitan Line). Where is it? - see train map or street map.  Want to know when you will arrive? See live train-arrivals information

Watford Junction (London Overground and National Rail).  Where is it? - see train map or street map. Also, live train departures

BY BUS AND TRAIN - DETAIL 

Watford Underground (we say, "Watford Met." because it's on the Metropolitan Line). From Baker Street 43mns (also through-trains from the City at peak times). Providing you get a Watford train you can't get lost, Watford is the end of the line.

Then to get to Quicktest:

  • Cab (5mns): there's a cab office, turn right out the exit, it's by the side of the station.
  • Bus, W30 (10mns): bus stop by the station (on the same side as the station), it goes to our door every half hour in peak times.
  • Walking (20mns): scroll down for directions.

Watford Junction. Northbound from Euston: the fastest train by National Rail  takes 16mns, or there's a slow tray by London Overground (1hr 10mns), both go from the same group of platforms at Euston, just take the train with 2 or 3 stops rather than the train with 18 stops. Southbound: it's the line from Glasgow, Crewe and Birmingham.

Then to get to Quicktest:

  • Cab (10mns): turn right out of the exit.
  • Bus: turn left out of the exit (you'll see it, big bus station), the W30 (see timetable) goes to Watford Underground Station then to the Business Parks (and stops outside our block) every half hour in peak times. Failing the W30, it's best to go from the town centre: walk south down Clarendon Road (the road outside the station, 15mns) then get any bus from Stop D to the double roundabout at the entrance to the Business Parks, then it's a 15mn walk - all a bit slow and painful but the bus fare is £2 compared with £8.00 for a cab.  
  • Walking: fastest route 50mns, prettiest route 60mns: scroll down for directions.

LINKS, INCLUDING JOURNEY PLANNERS AND BUS TIMETABLES

Journey planner Hertfordshire
Journey planner Greater London (including Watford)
Bus map, Watford (pdf) (you might have to scroll down the map to find the town centre)
Live departure times (you have to search for a location first)
Where to board, town centre, including map (pdf)
Where to board (town centre)
Watford Junction, including map (pdf)
Bus timetables for all of Hertfordshire (pick a bus number).

BY FOOT and BICYCLE (detail)

From Watford Underground the walk takes me 20mns; my colleague says it takes him 18mns; if you walk very slowly it could take 25mns. By bicycle: 6mns.

Turn left out of the station (Cassiobury Park Avenue)
first left into Swiss Avenue
and at the junction follow the pavement to the left (Gade Avenue).

At the end*, turn right onto the main road, the Rickmansworth Road and cross at the pedestrian lights (turning right onto the pavement) towards the roundabout. 
* or you can cut the corner off by cutting across the green, just aim for the pedestrian lights.

You are half way there.

Follow the pavement to the left until you see a second roundabout, marked CROXLEY - aim for the low bridge and tower block.

Cross the road (Whippendell Road), pass under the low bridge and past the new housing estate (Cortlands Cassiobury, due for completion next year, 2023).

Fascinating facts: to your right was to be the new Ascot Road (Cassiobridge) Station, originally due to open in 2017, then postponed until 2020, then the entire project was abandoned. Useful information: if you are calling to collect a purchase and have forgotten to bring cash, there is a cashpoint at Morrisons. 

At the road junction you will see that straight ahead is a dead end (for traffic) and to your right is a roundabout.

By foot: aim for the roundabout (road sign reads BUSINESS PARKS)
and at the second roundabout follow the pavement round to the left (road signs reads WATFORD BUSINESS PARK).

By bicycle: instead of turning right towards the roundabout, continue ahead, alongside the edge of Morrisons. At the end of the road turn sharp right, through the posts (the side of the Renault garage will be on your left) to the end of the road (200 yards) and turn left into the main road (Greenhill Crescent).

If you get this far and haven't seen a Renault garage and are not on an industrial estate, don't keep going, turn back to the junction of paths and try again.

You are now in Greenhill Crescent. Park House is the seventh building on your left if you are walking (or fifth if you followed the cycle path). For directions once you get to the block scroll up to IF YOU ARE USING A SAT-NAV

BY FOOT (from Watford Junction Station)

This is the way I go (47mns):
Turn left out of the station and stay on Clarendon Road (follow it to the right, looks like 'right fork' to non-drivers)
Over the small main road (St Johns Road); over the large main road (Beechen Grove)
and at the end turn left into High Street (pedestrianised).

First right into Market Street
Continue ahead at the crossroads
At the end turn right into Cassio Road
then immediately left, by Ikky's, into Victoria Passage.

Ahead at crossroads (school on right)
At the end follow the road right (no choice)
Left into Pretoria Road.
At the very end turn left into Chester Road.
Ahead at the crossroads (still Chester Road)
Ahead at the crossroads (becomes Belgrave Road)
At the end turn right into the main road.

At the mini roundabout turn left into Tolpits Lane.
At the pedestrian lights turn right into Croxley View.
At the sharp left bend (by No.166) turn right onto the footpath signed Watford Business Park.
At the junction of paths fork left towards the road (after 50 yards Renault will be on your left, if not, you've gone the wrong way) and at the end turn left into Greenhill Crescent. Park House (Flexspace) is the seventh building on your left. For directions once you get to the block scroll up to IF YOU ARE USING A SAT-NAV.

Here is a simpler (but longer, 25mns) route along the main road (A412 / St Albans Road - Rickmansworth Road):

Outside the station cross the road and turn right. At the lights at the BIG main road turn left (St Albans Road). You can't go straight ahead at the roundabout, so either follow the pavement to the left, cross at the lights and walk back, or you can cut the corner off like this: when you cross at the pedestrian light, continue ahead into Albert Road South (map); continue ahead (do not follow the road to the left) to the very end and turn right into The High Street. You will be by the ponds. No ponds? You are very close, don't just keep walking, ask someone! Past the ponds, keep left, turn left into the main road. The main road has now changed name to Rickmansworth Road. Over the cross roads (crossing Hagden Lane); turn left into Cassiobridge Road; at the end turn right (Budgens opposite) and cross the road; just before the roundabout turn left, past the big yellow building, under the low railway bridge (Ascot Road) and past the tower block. Ahead at the junction (dead end, by the side of Morrisons) and at the very end turn right towards the buildings of the industrial estate; turn left into Greenhill Crescent (Renault on the corner); Park House is the seventh building on your left. For directions once you get to the block scroll up to IF YOU ARE USING A SAT-NAV.

A variation (57mns) is to walk through the park, it's very pretty, if you like walking it's worth the extra 5mns:

Outside the station cross the road and turn right. At the lights at the BIG main road (road name opposite reads St Albans Road) cross the road and turn left.
After 5mns you will find that the underpass is in the way, so keep right parallel to the main road, cross The Avenue at the subway, as you leave the subway continue ahead to library (look up to your left), walk round the library to its main entrance and cross the road, continue to the main road, turn right (you're now back on the main road).

After 3mns the park will be on your right, just past the Colosseum between Peace Drive and Cassiobury Park Avenue. There are two paths into the park, take the left fork; turn left by the house with the picnic benches (Cha Cha cafe); ahead and turn right onto the road; Watford Metropolitan Line Station will be on your left, follow directions, above, from Watford Met. Line Station (for directions click here).

BY BICYLE (from both stations)

There's a cycle-route planner which is 'quite good' - though, as a local, I have a better route! The cycle-route-planner's step-by-step directions are good but the multiple arrows on the map are confusing. 

For Watford Junction Station 17mns by 'my' cycle route or 15mns along the main road.

From Watford Met.  about 7mns.