The £350 million Wimbledon stadium scheme will see the development of 600 homes and 18,000 sq ft of commercial space agreed by Catalyst and Galliard Homes. It will include both private residential and shared ownership apartments, as well as a new 11,000 seater stadium for AFC Wimbledon on Plough Lane.

The construction of the residential units and public realm will be managed by JV, with ground works expected to start this month. The residential units are expected to be finished by early 2021.

The £16 million stadium will be delivered by Port Talbot-based contractor Andrew Scott, which has previously built Parc y Scarlets, home of Llanelli Scarlets, and substantial developments at Hampshire CCC’s The Rose Bowl, and Stoke City’s stadium.

“There are so many components to this scheme that will benefit the local area and we are thrilled to have Catalyst on board who really have what it takes to make things happen in order to deliver a ground-breaking number of affordable units in a new residential scheme,” said Stephen Conway, Executive Chairman Galliard Homes. “I look forward to attending AFC Wimbledon’s opening match and celebrating the Dons’ return to the borough once the stadium is complete.”

The Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon, Erik Samuelson, also commented on the news about the development saying: “As a community-owned club we are delighted to be returning to our spiritual home in Plough Lane. In addition to bringing League football back to Wimbledon the new stadium will form a base from which to expand our award-winning community work”.

“We are looking forward to working with Galliard Homes and Catalyst to develop a site that is a key part of Merton’s regeneration strategy for the borough. But most of all we are looking forward to bringing the Dons home,” concluded Erik.