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Hadid-Designed Wooden Stadium Approved

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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In a six-to-four vote, the Stroud District Council, of England, approved what's being dubbed the world’s first wooden football stadium, which is slated to be built for the Nailsworth, Gloucestershire-based soccer team, the Forest Green Rovers Football Club.

Last year, the club was named the “greenest football club in the world.”

About the Project

In 2016, the Forest Green Rovers Football Club launched a design competition for the construction of a sustainable football stadium. Zaha Hadid Architects was announced as the winning firm, revealing an entirely sustainably sourced wooden stadium.

However, after the design was blocked by councilors in June 2019 due to concerns over sustainability, noise, traffic, view distraction and the ability to sufficiently make up the loss of green fields it would be constructed on. The architecture firm changed the design to include an all-weather pitch, as well as an update to the landscaping strategy.

“Our new stadium will have the lowest carbon content of any stadium in the world,” said club chair, Dale Vince, who is also the founder of green electricity company Ecotricity. “This really will be the greenest football stadium in the world.”

In using sustainably sourced wood, the 5,000-seat stadium will be built using timber materials—including the structure’s cantilevering roof and louvred cladding—and aims to be carbon neutral or even carbon negative.

“The importance of using wood is not only that it's a naturally occurring material, it has very low carbon content—about as low as it gets for a building material,” added Vince.

According to reports, the stadium will be covered by a transparent membrane, intended to minimalize shadows while also allowing grass to grow under the sunlight. Plans for the project also involve the construction of a 1,700-space parking garage and two grass training pitches.

The stadium is slated to be built in Gloucestershire and will be apart of the new Eco Park, a green technology business park planned for junction 13 of the M5 motorway.

Other Sustainable Timber Projects

Last month, the University of Arkansas announced the completion of a new $79.6 million residence hall, built using cross-laminated timber. The structure has since been dubbed the largest mass timber building in the U.S.

According to reports, all timber used in that project was reportedly sourced responsibly, using European spruce, pine and fir for the structural components, while cypress primarily outfitted the interior.

In September, the city of Milwaukee Plan Commission and the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee unanimously approved changes to Ascent (a high-grade timber-based mixed-use tower), making what is slated to be the tallest wood building in North America, even taller.

The change will increase the tower’s height by two stories, adjusting the height by only 9 feet, totaling 250 feet.

In June, Delta Land Development and Peter Busby from architectural firm Perkins+Will announced initial plans for what Canada expects to be the world’s tallest hybrid timber building. If approved, the building would stand 30-40 stories, at approximately 120 meters (393 feet) and is designed for approximately 136 condominium apartments and 34 purpose-built rentals.


Tagged categories: Color + Design; Commercial Construction; Design - Commercial; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Green building; Project Management; Stadiums/Sports Facilities; Sustainability; timber; Wood

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