The Wimbledon Stadium Development, SW19 London, UK
AFC Wimbledon’s planning application allowing them to return to their spiritual home in Plough Lane, Wimbledon has been approved by Merton Council. Merton’s planning applications committee approved plans on Thursday 10 December for the club’s new stadium in Plough Lane. In partnership with Galliard Homes and GRA Acquisitions Ltd, the planning approval will see the development of 602 new quality homes, retail space and the new expanded Christopher’s Squash Club.
The approval allows the club to build a 20,000-seater stadium, with an initial capacity of up to 11,000 that fulfils AFC Wimbledon’s aim to grow as a club and bring substantial benefits to the local community.
The master plan for the current Wimbledon greyhound stadium site will enable the revitalisation of this part of Merton as it will bring economic benefits, including more jobs to the area, and add community facilities for local residents to utilise.
Following planning approval, the next step involves finalising details of a so-called “Section 106” agreement, by which the applicants agree to carry out infrastructure works, such as road and pavement improvements and signage, in exchange for permission on the details of the plan.
Then the Dons will seek tenders to carry out the £20million of demolition and building work on the Plough Lane site, currently home to stock car and greyhound racing.
If everything else goes according to plan construction work on the new stadium could begin towards the end of 2016 with the Dons taking up residence for the 2018/19 season.
The ambitious project returns AFC Wimbledon to its spiritual home on Plough Lane in Wimbledon, but also creates a major mixed-use scheme, which - through careful masterplanning - stitches together sporting facilities with the creation of a new major residential quarter. The design aims to create a coherent and sustainable project connected to the surrounding community.
The masterplan and residential, retail and squash club has been designed by architects Sheppard Robson, working with Wilson Owens Owens who designed the new football stadium. Sheppard Robson’s cohesive masterplan creates a new public pedestrianised and cycle route that runs through the development, connecting Plough Lane with Riverside Road and Summerstown. The pedestrian areas have been designed to allow for safe crowd movements and emergency vehicle access on match days, and also to provide an attractive landscaped route on non-match days.
The residential accommodation includes a mix of units which are predominantly dual or triple aspect. Every unit is provided with private external space such as balconies and roof terraces, and there are a large number of ground level family maisonettes each with their own private garden. The residential development encloses new attractive private courtyards, providing communal amenity and play space for all residential occupants.
The stadium has been designed by specialist stadium architects Wilson Owens Owens and will provide a maximum capacity of 20,000 seats. The design allows for a phased expansion from an initial capacity of up to 11,000. AFC Wimbledon is a fans-owned football club and has an established history of providing match-day and non-match-day events for the local and wider community via the AFC Wimbledon Foundation. The design of the stadium co-ordinates and integrates within the overall masterplan design, and the stadium includes green walls facing the residential development.
- Galliard Homes
- 90,000 m2