English League One football club AFC Wimbledon has appointed Andrew Scott Ltd as the preferred contractor for the building of its new stadium.

The club was last September given the green light to press ahead with plans to build a new 11,000-seat stadium on the site of Plough Lane, the former stadium of the now-defunct Wimbledon FC.

The AFC Wimbledon board invited three companies to apply for the position of preferred contractor to gauge the likely cost of the stadium. The club met with each company before selecting the two leading contractors for further interviews.

Andrew Scott was subsequently selected as the preferred contractor and the company will work with the club to develop the stadium design in more detail once planning obligations have been finalised.

AFC Wimbledon 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.”

In recent years, Andrew Scott has overseen substantial developments at Hampshire cricket ground The Rose Bowl and Premier League football club Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium.

Plough Lane was the home of Wimbledon until 1991. The club then played at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park ground until 2003 before it rebranded itself as MK Dons and relocated to Milton Keynes. Wimbledon fans unhappy with the rebrand formed AFC Wimbledon and the club has since worked its way up the football ladder.

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