|16/03/2018 - 10/2020
|£ 33 million
|Plough Lane, London SW17 0NR, United Kingdom
Plough Lane – construction description
In 2013 AFC Wimbledon teamed up with Galliard Homes, a major residential development company expected to provide much of the capital to fund the new stadium. In return, Wimbledon’s new home brings a community value to the 600 apartments that would surround it in three separate buildings. Together the two created a proposal for the 5.1 hectare site’s redevelopment.
Importantly, Wimbledon would only get one permanent stand within the first phase – the main one in the west. Together with skyboxes and other commercial facilities the stadium would enable revenue increase, while three temporary stands should bring capacity up to 9,000 for starters.
Later, should demand grow steadily, expansion would be possible within the same blueprint, also including floodlight masts from the first phase. With an entire bowl of single-tiered seating the stadium’s capacity might reach 20,000.
Final decision on preferred redevelopment bid was to be taken in spring 2015. However, numerous challenges during the process caused serious delays. Despite Wimbledon having won the right to occupy the site with their stadium, delays caused groundbreaking to slip from 2015 to 2019.
Following enabling works in early 2019, delivery of the first phase is expected in mid-2020. In this phase only the 4-floor main grandstand will be built as a permanent structure, strengthened with 400 piles inserted into the ground. Remaining three sides would first be delivered as temporary structures, to be replaced by larger permanent sections later.
New stadium: Wimbledon at home after 30 years
Their last home game in Merton was played in April, 1991. This week fans of Wimbledon were finally able to once more enjoy the atmosphere of Plough Lane, even if with social distancing.
London: Wimbledon announce opening game
Back at Plough Lane after 29.5 years! AFC Wimbledon have confirmed return to their spiritual home on November 3. While not all construction will be done by that time, the stadium will be ready. As for supporters... they still have to wait.
London: Wimbledon to begin season at QPR over stadium delivery
While it was supposed to be ready this summer, new Plough Lane stadium won't be delivered until late October. That's why AFC Wimbledon teamed up with QPR to play first fixtures there.
London: AFC Wimbledon secure full stadium funding
With a new facility loan for up to £4 million, AFC Wimbledon now have the full budget of Plough Lane's first phase secured. The club would prefer to use as little of the funding as possible...
London: Wimbledon sign final construction contract
Exactly 18 years after their club's relocation was approved, AFC Wimbledon have signed the deal which will secure their return. Great news for the club despite difficult times.
London: Wimbledon's magic works once more!
Three months back they were on the brink of despair, now the fan-owned club has once more shown its true colours. Construction of the new stadium is no longer threatened after an amazing show of support.
London: Wimbledon given more time to come up with £11 million
Contractor of the new Plough Lane stadium agrees to extend deadline for funding from end of January to end of February. But fate of the project remains uncertain.
New construction: Wimbledon added at a tough moment
Starting today you can see construction photos from the Plough Lane project in Merton, London. Unfortunately, the moment is dire for AFC Wimbledon as the club is facing a huge funding shortage to deliver the stadium.