18 APRIL 2016 – Developments have begun on the Waterside Drive Sports Hub by Willmott Dixon. After exciting proposals for the development of the new Elmbridge Sports Hub were granted permission, the project will now provide local clubs and residents with a spectacular sports facility at the site of the former Waterside Stadium.
The entire scheme will be paid for by the redevelopment of the Stompond Lane Sports Ground. Once open, the Sports Hub will provide facilities that will be among the best in the country and that will meet the future aspirations of four important local clubs. The development also offers the opportunity to deal with the former landfill site in a way that contains and mitigates the pollution and brings the land back into use.
While changes could be made over the course of development, the Sports Hub is planned to include:
- 2 full-size 3G pitches (1 to be funded from CIL)
- 1 grass training area comprising a full-size pitch / 4 mini pitches
- Full 8 lane athletics track to UK Athletics standard
- Full field sports facilities
- 240 spaces plus 6 disabled
- 2 Coach spaces
- Taxi pick up point
Combined Club House
- 4 football changing rooms
- 2 athletics changing rooms
- Combined football and athletics club room
- Covered spectator seating for over 500
General Leisure facilities
- Children’s playground
- 20m wide dog walking strip
The February newsletter for the project stated: Works will consist of ground remediation, construction of a new pavilion with spectator seating and large car park, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) grade running track and outfield, FIFA grade synthetic and turf football pitches.
Works will commence on site 21 March 2016 for a duration of 76 weeks, which gives a completion date of 1 September 2017. However, the football stadium is scheduled to be completed beforehand and will be ready for the 2016-17 season kick-off.
- Site set up – 21 January 2016
- Break ground – 28 March 2016
- Demolition of Walton Casuals Club House – 4 April 2016
- Substructure piles – 8 August 2016
- Superstructure steel frame – 24 October 2016
- Sports pitches commence – 7 November 2016
Tony Gale: “I have lived in Elmbridge for 35 years and this is the most exciting football initiative I have come across. Our Club with our Ryman League status and 500 strong youth section, as well as disabled and ladies teams, is proud to be a part of it.”
Ryman League: “The Sports Hub in Walton-on-Thames will allow Walton and Hersham and Walton Casuals to increase spectator numbers, to grow their youth programmes and most of all, it will help to bring their passion for the beautiful game to the local community.”
Surrey FA: “Surrey County FA is committed to developing better players of all ages and abilities. A key enabler of that is improving the access and quality of training and playing facilities. The Sports Hubs in Walton-on-Thames will not only provide children and young people with the opportunity to develop their sporting skills but it will also encourage them to reap the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle – that can only be a good result for Elmbridge and Surrey.”
Note: All information on the Waterside Drive Sports Hub on waltoncasuals.com comes from pubslic sources. The above text has been adapted from content produced by Elmbridge Borough Council and Marks Barfield Architects, and does not provide any opinions of the club other than direct quotes given by individuals.
Last updated: 6 December 2016
20 MARCH 2017 – Updates on developments
In the last few weeks the following works have taken place:
– The construction of the masonry walls on the first floor has been continued.
– The structural water proofing to the roof deck has been completed and the installation of the insulation has commenced.
– The installation of balustrading to the south side of the pavilion terrace seating area is ongoing.
Running Track and Pitches (3G and grass)
– The remediation and drainage works to the sports pitches continues and the soil is in the process of being laid to the turf pitch.
– Continuation of subsoil being spread and levelled on training pitches.
– The erection of the fencing to the 3G pitches has commenced.
In the next few weeks, the following will take place:
– Work to the roof and first-floor masonry walls continues.
– Containment for the mechanical and electrical services will continue.
– Commencement of the installation of the secondary steelwork from which the external wall cladding will be supported.
Running track and pitches (3G and grass)
– The land remediation and gas venting continues.
– The erection of the fencing to the 3G pitches will continue.
Main Drainage and Landlord’s Services
– The installation of the drainage works and landlord’s services continues.