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AFC Wimbledon appoints stadium builder

English League 1 Football club AFC Wimbledon has appointed a preferred contractor to build the club’s new stadium at Plough Lane.

The appointment of Andrew Scott Ltd follows a lengthy and thorough process conducted by the club.

In order to get a clearer understanding of the likely cost of the new stadium, the Club’s board decided to enter into a two-stage tender process, which included inviting three companies to apply. The club said in a statement:

We had several meetings with each company and site visits to the stadia they had built or developed. After a formal assessment of the tenders against three principal criteria of commercial, technical quality and added value, the two leading contractors were invited to further interviews and to enable them to clarify aspects of the tender.

Following the submission of the bids, Andrew Williams, the Club’s project manager for the stadium development, submitted a report to the Football Club Board (FCB).

As a result, and following further enquiries, the Club selected Andrew Scott as the preferred contractor.

Established in 1870, Andrew Scott Ltd has a long history of building community facilities and sports stadia in the UK, including Cardiff Arms Park back in the 1960s.

In more recent times, Andrew Scott has built Parc y Scarlets, home of Llanelli Scarlets, and substantial developments at Hampshire CCC’s The Rose Bowl, and Stoke City’s stadium.

Following the finalisation of the section 106 agreement – the formal planning obligations – the Club will work with Andrew Scott to develop the stadium design in more detail.

At the end of that process a fixed price will be agreed for building the stadium.

Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said:

This is a significant step forward in our move to a new stadium and we are delighted to be working with Andrew Scott Ltd. There is still a long way to go, but once the section 106 agreement is signed, we can really push on with our plans for a new ground back in our spiritual home of Merton.