The world’s greenest football stadium?
Located in Gloucestershire, Forest Green Rovers Football Club has a rich history and a environmentally conscious heart. As a result, it has won several awards in green business, leisure and sustainability.
The club is wanting to expand and move from its current venue in Nailsworth (the New Lawn) to a more accessible location.
A complex acoustics challenge.
Designed by the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, the development is a stunning example of sustainable stadium design. We collaborated extensively with Ecotricity to support the planning application for the site, which also included smaller training pitches, car parking and ancillary uses.
Our environmental assessment considered the effects of the crowd noise during matches, as well as the sound created by fans accessing and exiting the stadium. We wanted to ensure that neighbours of the stadium, including a specialist college for young people with autism or learning difficulties, went undisturbed.
Following the robust assessments, suitable mitigation was proposed.
A sustainable stadium.
The proposed stadium was given outline planning consent in December 2019 by Stroud District Council.
It will be built almost entirely from wood and use environmentally friendly construction methods. Ecotricity will power the stadium using renewable energy and it will have on-site charging for EVs. The surrounding land will host meadows, trees and hedgerows that will boost local biodiversity, and ultimately, create a planet-conscious stadium that sets the bar for similar developments across the UK.