On display for a few months, now the plans for new Woking FC stadium seem more real than before, with funding secured and planning application filed. Construction might begin in 2021.
Developer GolDev has secured the £250 million loan facility from the council and has filed the planning application for one of the city's largest ever mixed-use projects. It will include 1,026 apartments (of which 191 are to be of the affordable category) and a stadium integrated with large medical centre.
The successor of Kingfield Stadium in Woking (capacity at some 6,000) would sit nearly exactly where the old ground is, though slightly moved and rotated. Initially planned as a 10,000-capacity stadium, it was revised in the final planning application to nearly 1,000 fewer seats. Fans will be distributed across four independent stands, without sections in the corners.
The distinctive feature, rare in the UK, is the elevation of the stadium above ground level, including the field. This way additional facilities can be fitted below the football functions. In this case a major medical centre and underground parking for up to 850 cars can be created.
Interestingly, all parking positions are to be ready for electric car charging in the future, though only some would be equipped with such stations from the start.
Should all proceedings go as planned, the stadium might go under construction in May of 2021. From that point it would take 2 years to complete, during which Woking FC would have to play at a different ground. GolDev has reportedly agreed to subsidise the club during this difficult period in order to compensate the lack of home ground.