The creation of a new stadium for League One AFC Wimbledon moved a step closer with the publication of more project details by its developers – to bring the club home after 30 years.
Partners Galliard Homes and Catalyst Housing have released plans for a 10,000–seat ground in the historic Wimbledon site of Plough Lane.
The development, called Wimbledon Grounds, secured planning permission in December, with 604 new homes with about 400 going for private sale. The other units will be available through Shared Ownership.
The first residential phase, known as Stadia Three, has now been released with 114, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments across the scheme’s three apartment buildings, costing from £435,000 for a one-bedroom apartment (approx. 564 sq ft).
There will all be integrated with 18,000 sq ft of shop space and new facilities for the neighbourhood.
AFC Wimbledon, which is fan-owned, was formed when the football authorities allowed the owners of Wimbledon FC to relocate to Milton Keynes.
The Dons, currently based at Kingsmeadow in Kingston, has won promotion six times in 14 years, most recently to League One.
The club played at Plough Lane in the exact same location as the current site of the stadium construction, before it moved to another stadium further up Plough Lane in 1912. The new stadium will mean that they return to the borough after a 27-year absence.
David Galman, Director of Sales, Galliard Homes commented: “Wimbledon Grounds presents a completely unique opportunity to the market in South West London. At Galliard we’re committed to helping young Londoners to get on the ladder, and doing so in the most high specification and quality way possible. Wimbledon as a market has traditionally always done well and seen increased growth, but new home stock is slim and certainly not on this scale. Integrated with the stadium, Wimbledon Grounds and the particularly the private residential units Stadia Three, presents a hugely exciting proposition for not just the buyer but Galliard, as a group. We’re proud to be part of bringing AFC Wimbledon back to its home ground. And I for one can’t wait to see it come to life”.
Tom Titherington, Executive Director of Property and Growth, Catalyst said: “These new homes provide an excellent opportunity for people to be part of a brand new neighbourhood in Wimbledon, with its own unique atmosphere and sense of place. Our involvement in this scheme has allowed us to provide a large increase in the number of Shared Ownership homes, offering an affordable chance for first time buyers to buy a modern new-build home in this part of south west London that they would otherwise be unable to afford.”
Erik Samuelson, Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon, commented: “It is incredibly exciting to see how quickly the site is being transformed. As a fan-owned club we are embedded in our community and this is a fantastic opportunity to use the stadium as a base from which to increase the level and widen the scope of our award-winning community work. We are delighted to be working with Galliard Homes and Catalyst to regenerate the site and, simply, to bring the Dons home after all these years. We can’t wait.”
The sales suite is open, located on the Plough Lane site. Prices start at £435,000 for a one bedroom, £542,500 for a two bedroom and £750,000 for a three bedroom. For more information on sales call +44(0) 20 7620 1500. To register interest in the Share Ownership properties, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit www.galliardhomes.com/wimbledongrounds
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