DORKING WANDERERS ANNOUNCE NEW STADIUM AND COMMUNITY REGENRATION PLANS
01 APR 2021
DORKING WANDERERS HAVE TODAY ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A BRAND-NEW COMMUNITY REGENERATION PROJECT THAT WILL SEE THEM MOVE TO A STATE-OF-THE-ART STADIUM
Dorking Wanderers have today announced plans for a brand-new community regeneration project that will see them move to a state-of-the-art stadium, in conjunction with the introduction of a multitude of facilities that will not only enhance the local community, but also support the business, education, medical, employment and housing sectors.
The proposed plans include the introduction of:
State of the art stadium
Hotel & Conference Centre
Family leisure facilities
College of Sporting Excellence
Medical well-being centre
The stadium design draws inspiration from the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside of the North Downs and its landscape of iconic curves. Furthermore, the site proposals have an ecologically friendly design, with the use of timber materials and renewable energy resources.
The site proposals will lead to additional further educational facilities, as-well-as providing higher education in Dorking for the first time through the clubs highly regarded Academy programme. In addition to this, there will be supplementary family leisure and business facilities, including restaurants and a hotel/conference centre to make Dorking a go-to destination for a multitude of business types. Much needed local additional housing also forms part of the plan, and the sites infrastructure is designed to create several hundred new jobs to further support the local community and economy.
The site proposals are being explored in partnership with club sponsor Stonegate Homes, who have voluntarily offered their vast experience and skillset to project manage this local regeneration project alongside the club. Stonegate Managing Director Jerry Hinds said: “We have all seen the significant positive impact that Dorking Wanderers have had on the local community and economy in recent years. As someone passionate about the social and commercial development of Dorking and Mole Valley I am delighted to be working alongside the club to take the community and economic benefits to another level. Our plans will add value to the local area by providing ancillary facilities that will provide significant regeneration to the town, and we have identified a few sites and are in the process of working up detailed plans”.
Dorking Wanderers Founder & Chairman Marc White said: “With the contribution of ongoing support from Mole Valley District Council our football club has been able to provide a significant positive impact on the local community and business sector. Common feedback that I receive on a consistent basis ranges from residents expressing how the club has provided them with a new social lease of life, along with local businesses who constantly express their gratitude for generating additional footfall into the town. The project plans and accompanying facilities will bring a substantial new level of well-being and footfall into our much-loved town”.
White added: “We are very proud of the prominent role that we play in the local community, and we are extremely excited to work alongside Mole Valley District Council and Stonegate Homes to deliver this project”.
White concluded: “Our existing home at Meadowbank Stadium remains a fundamental part of our plans and will be key moving forward to deliver accessible football for our ever-expanding infrastructure, including the growing youth section, ladies and development teams”.
The club will release further project plans in due course, however in the interim interested parties are asked to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Peter Crowther at PAC Design Architects