New stadium can see wood for the Forest

WCN Editorial Team 9 Nov 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Forest Green Rovers Football Club is set to develop a new football stadium made entirely of wood in Stroud, UK.

The new stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), will be designed to initially accommodate 5,000 spectators.

The stadium will be the centerpiece of the £100M EcoPark development, a 100-acre sports and green technology business park.

In addition to the new stadium, EcoPark will feature grass and all-weather training pitches, publicly-accessible multi-disciplinary facilities, a sports science hub, and a green technology business park with sustainably-built commercial offices and light industrial units.

ZHA director Jim Heverin said: “The design retains and enhances the existing meadow landscape of the site whilst adding the stadium and other functions for the town.

“Embodying low carbon construction methods and operational processes, it will be the first all-timber football stadium with almost every element made of sustainably-sourced timber including its structure, roof cantilevers and louvered cladding.

“As a building material, timber is highly durable, recyclable and beautiful. The proximity of the stadium’s structural elements to each other has also been determined to enable the seating terraces and floor slab to be made from timber. In most other stadiums, these elements are concrete or steel.

“The stadium’s roof is covered with a transparent membrane, which contributes to turf growth, minimizes stark shadows for players and fans and reduces the volumetric impact of the stadium from distant views in the surrounding landscape.”

Heverin further said that the development will make use of low carbon construction methods and operational processes, and aims to be carbon neutral and incorporate the provision of on-site renewable energy generation.

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