|Category||Design being implemented|
|Construction||2019 - 2020|
|Design||Derek Wilson Architects / KSS Group|
Description: Plough Lane
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 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.
London: Council again backs Plough Lane stadium
Merton Council has formally renewed its support of the decision to allow AFC Wimbledon to build a stadium on Plough Lane. Your Local Guardian report.
London: Wimbledon moving forward after Khan’s decision
New mayor of London sees absolutely no reason to hold the Plough Lane stadium scheme any longer. Sadiq Khan allowed AFC Wimbledon to again pursue their dream.
London: Wimbledon plans suffer serious blow
AFC Wimbledon’s stadium campaign has just suffered from another major setback. Groundbreaking might not happen this year after mayor ordered the plan to be re-evaluated.
London: Wimbledon are coming home!
The football club expressed their delight yesterday after being granted planning permission to build a new stadium at Plough Lane.
London: Chelsea closer to buying Wimbledon’s home
AFC Wimbledon supporters almost unanimously agreed to sell Kingsmeadow. Current stadium needs to go if The Dons are to relocate to their spiritual home, newly built Plough Lane.
London: No standing room at Wimbledon
Bad news for traditional fanbase of AFC Wimbledon. If the club is to receive funding for its stadium, there can be no terracing included in the application.
London: Wimbledon filed stadium planning application
The Merton Council received AFC Wimbledon’s planning application for the new 11,000-capacity stadium. Will works commence in 2015?
New: Current and future “Fans’ Stadium”
It’s a solid Hollywood material, but this is happening in real life. Wimbledon wins against the team who ran them to ruins 12 years ago. Next step? Building a stadium to rebuild former glory for good.