Design & Development

Wealdstone FC gets green light for 6,300-capacity stadium

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National League football club Wealdstone has announced plans for a new 6,300-capacity stadium on an 18-acre site in west London.

The club has been allocated the land by the London Borough of Hillingdon. The land is located on Freezeland Way, adjacent to the former Master Brewer Hotel in Hillingdon.

Wealdstone said the stadium would have the potential for further expansion. The initial concept plan incorporates operational guidance from FIFA and UEFA and utilises “best-practice precedents” from stadiums around the UK and Europe.

The club hopes the new stadium will deliver an “outstanding” experience for fans and players. The venue would include administrative offices, training areas, retail, catering, media, hospitality and leisure facilities, as well as parking for fans unable to travel by public transport.

The site on Freezeland Way is 2.7 miles from Wealdstone’s current stadium, The Vale (pictured), in Ruislip. The Vale has a capacity of around 4,000 and has served as Wealdstone’s home since 2008.

The board is currently involved in preliminary discussions regarding funding for the new stadium and said it remains open to approaches from those considering investment. Funding is also expected to be generated through the development of new residential units and associated commercial floorspace on an area of the allocated site.

No timeline for the project has been set, with Wealdstone actively working with partners to establish a potential date it can begin playing at the new stadium. The board is also in discussions with the landlords of The Vale, which the club says is firmly in its plans as a facility to support its ambitions for promotion to the English Football League (EFL).

Chairman Rory Fitzgerald said: “London Borough of Hillingdon’s decision to allocate the club this land follows a long period of discussion and negotiation and will play an important role in safeguarding the future of the club and supporting its growth.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to personally thank London Borough of Hillingdon for their support and we look forward to working closely with them as we take the project forward, subject to planning.

“The new stadium is fantastic news not only for our fans and players but the whole local community. As we progress, we will ensure that we optimise the benefits for local residents while also working to minimise and mitigate any potential environmental impacts associated with a construction project of this size.

“In addition, we are confident that the security and growth potential offered by the new stadium will help us attract the investment we need to realise our ambition of one day playing in the EFL.”

Wealdstone is currently 12th in the National League after 19 matches of the 2023-24 season. The club finished 13th last season.