|Construction||2019 - 2020|
|Design||Derek Wilson Architects / KSS Group|
Plough Lane – design 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.
London: Wimbledon's opening million
If the first 24 hours is anything to go by, AFC Wimbledon should feel safe in their record-scale crowdfunding effort. In just 24 hours over 1,100 people donated nearly £1 million!
London: Wimbledon launch stadium crowdfunding
The goal is ambitious but not impossible to reach. AFC Wimbledon hopes to raise more than 50% of its new stadium cost through crowdfunding. This would allow it to remain competetive on the field despite this major project.
London: Wimbledon announces ground works
“We have now given the official go-ahead for preliminary earthworks to start on the site of our new stadium.” a statement by The Dons Trust reads. Once contractors have the workforce on site, works will begin.
London: Wimbledon ask fans for a little more patience
In upcoming week AFC Wimbledon expect the council to approve changes to the initial planning permission. Once final specification is complete, construction deal will be signed and work will finally begin.
London: Wimbledon stadium delay confirmed
Instead of next season's first game, the new Plough Lane will likely host the mid-season fixture of late 2019 or early 2020. Not great news for Wimbledon supporters, at the same time no surprise either.
London: Wimbledon to wait (a bit) more for new stadium?
Despite all hurdles having been cleared, there's still no certainty over groundbreaking time for AFC Wimbledon's new stadium. It may be autumn, which means the opening before 2019/20 season is also not secured yet.
London: Wimbledon celebrate stadium agreement signing
It's been an emotional day in south-western London, where many AFC Wimbledon supporters can now celebrate return home after decades. The new stadium agreement has been signed, opening planned in 2019.
London: Wimbledon select Andrew Scott to build stadium
One more step forward for AFC Wimbledon as the club have selected their preferred contractor for Plough Lane. The stadium will be built by Andrew Scott Ltd.
London: Great news for Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon has received significant news in their Plough Lane return campaign, with The Secretary of State deciding not to list Wimbledon greyhound stadium. This opens up demolition and construction of a new one.
London: Dogs raced for the very last time at Wimbledon's stadium
Until now it was the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. In the future it will be the new Plough Lane stadium, home to AFC Wimbledon.
London: One more hurdle for AFC Wimbledon
It might still happen that AFC Wimbledon would be denied their Plough Lane stadium ambition. Current greyhound racing stadium is (again!) analysed for potential historic listing.