The world’s first wooden stadium received the green light to build

Long-standing plans to build a wooden stadium in England, whose project is signed by renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, are becoming a reality.

The conceptual solution of the ZHA for the ecological stadium of the Forest Green Rovers football club received the green light for realization. Namely, the English Football League is during the last week approved construction plans the new Eco Park Stadium in Gloucestershire, which will be the first football stadium to use wood for structural elements as well as floors.

The stadium will be almost entirely made of wood and it will be done all over the world for the first time.

As we wrote earlier, ZHA won the competition for a new stadium with 5,000 seats back in 2016, but the studio received a request to refine the project when the planning committee in June 2019 requested changes in the neighboring business facility. Now that the realization of the stadium has finally been approved, it is certain that it will become part of the Eco Park, which will occupy an area of 100 hectares and will represent the British company’s energy technology development campus Ecotricity, which also owns this club that competes in the Second Football League of England.

Low carbon emissions

As mentioned, the stadium will be ready in completely be built of wood, including entrance portals, and floors, but with the exception of a transparent canopy that will cover the space above the stands, writes Archpaper.

“It’s really amazing at this stadium that it will be almost entirely made of wood and it will be for the first time done all over the world. The importance of wood is not only in the naturalness that is obtained, but the object will then also have very low carbon emissions. ”Said Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and president of the Forest Green Rovers Club.

Vince said in an interview with Sky Sports recently that he will need to three to four years until Forest Green Rovers play at their new stadium, as additional work is needed on the infrastructure of the location.

Zatalasana form

The shape of the object is in its peripheral zone zatalasana, so that the volume increases together with the height, in order to provide space for additional organization of the seat.

During the first phase of project development, a capacity of 5,000 visitors was planned, but the ZHA project will allow for expansion to even 10,000 seats.

Ecological park

The Eco Park is planned to be divided into two parts, and in one part there will be a stadium, surrounding public football fields, sports-scientific hub and multidisciplinary facilities, while in the other part there will be a green technological business park in which about 4,000 people will work.

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