Dulwich Hamlet fans will get a first glimpse at their proposed new stadium at a series of exhibitions this week – which boasts an unusual 3G pitch.
The plan also includes the construction of 155 new homes, including an as-of-yet unspecified amount of affordable housing, along with a community gym and ‘multi-use games area.’
The homes will be built on the site of the current stadium, which was constructed in 1992. The proposed new stadium will be located slightly to the west of the current ground on a training pitch bordering, though not impeding on, the Greendale Fields.
A ‘linear park’ is also being proposed, which would create a green path from the stadium to East Dulwich Station.
The under-used Greendale Fields will also be revitalised as part of the project, with Southwark Council and the club’s owners Hadley Property Group working together to reclaim the site.
Paths, picnic areas, play zones, meadows, woodlands and a pond will be created or restored, according to the council’s latest proposals outlined in its planning documents.
Matt Rimmer, from Hadley Property Group, said: “Dulwich Hamlet has been at Champion Hill for over a century. We are committed to securing a sustainable base for DHFC, to ensure that the club can remain at Champion Hill for the next 100 years and beyond.
“These proposals will not just deliver a new stadium that will secure the future of the club at Champion Hill and allow it the chance to further progress up through the divisions, but will also help to continue the great work that the club already does in the community.
“The new 3G surface will mean the club’s youth team and ASPIRE Academy can train on the pitch. The new Multi-Use Games Area, gym and public park will be available for the whole community to use.”
The public exhibitions will be held on February 25 from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday 27 February from 11am to 2pm at the club’s Champion Hill ground.