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Forest Green Rovers Eco-park
FGR Gloucestershire: New Football Stadium Building design by Zaha Hadid Architects, UK
28 May 2021
AR Future Project Awards 2021 Winners
20th edition of the AR Future Project Awards – this stadium design by ZHA wins the Sport & Stadiums category:
5 Apr 2017
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Design by Zaha Hadid Architects
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Designs
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
New Zaha Hadid designs unveiled for Forest Green Rovers Eco-park
Wednesday 5 April 2017 – Ecotricity has revealed two concept designs by Zaha Hadid Architects for the Green Technology Hub at Eco Park, alongside unveiling a new ‘Gateway to Stroud’ at a business breakfast this morning.
Over one hundred businesses attending the event will see the ‘Gateway to Stroud’ proposal – comprising a new dual-carriageway on the A419, concept designs for Eco Park’s Green Technology Hub, the new Forest Green Rovers football stadium, and a Zaha Hadid designed footbridge linking the two main sides of the development.
Ecotricity has applied to Stroud District Council for outline planning permission for the development, which the company hopes will be granted in the next few months.
Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said: “With Eco Park we hope to push the boundaries of sustainable development, create 4,000 jobs in the green economy, a world class football stadium and make more room for nature with a big biodiversity boost. As well as creating a new ‘Gateway to Stroud’.”
A spokesperson for ZHA, said: “The bridge design creates one single, fluid form by fusing together individual timber elements. This important, unifying gesture builds connections for the community, conveying Eco Park as a facility for all.
“The Green Technology Hub proposals apply the latest sustainable design technologies with ecologically sound materials and construction methods to create an integrated community for world-leading research and development.”
While currently just at the concept stage, a decision on the final design of the Green Technology Hub will be made as part of the full planning application.
Green Technology Hub at Eco Park:
Eco Park is a proposed 100 acre sports and green technology centre at Junction 13 on the M5 – with 50 acres dedicated to creating state-of-the-arts sporting facilities, including a new stadium for Forest Green Rovers, while the other 50 acres will comprise a green technology business park capable of creating up to 4,000 jobs.
For more details on Eco Park, see Ecotricity’s website: www.ecotricity.co.uk/eco-park.
Ecotricity was founded in 1995 as the world’s first green energy company and now supplies almost 200,000 customers across Britain from a growing fleet of wind and sun parks. Ecotricity is a ‘not-for-dividend’ enterprise that, on average over the last eleven years, has invested more per customer in building new sources of green electricity than any other energy company in Britain.
3 Nov 2016
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Winner News
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Competition Winner
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Forest Green announces Zaha Hadid Architects as stadium design winner
Thursday 3rd November 2016 – Following a seven-month international competition, Forest Green Rovers has selected Zaha Hadid Architects to design its new 5,000 seater football stadium.
Images © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA
Forest Green announced the competition in March this year, and quickly received over 50 entries from architects around the world, including Sweden, Germany, France, Britain and the United States.
In May, the football club shortlisted nine entries, before selecting two finalists in August, who were given another two months to take their concepts further, including building scale models.
Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder and Forest Green Rovers chairman, said: “Zaha Hadid have built some fantastic sport stadia around the world, including one at the Olympic Park in London; they’ve designed one of the five stadiums for the next World Cup in Qatar, and now they’ve designed one for Forest Green.
“The really standout thing about this stadium is that it’s going to be entirely made of wood – the first time that will have been done anywhere in the world.
“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.
“And when you bear in mind that around three quarters of the lifetime carbon impact of any stadium comes from its building materials, you can see why that’s so important – and it’s why our new stadium will have the lowest carbon content of any stadium in the world.
“We’re thrilled with the concept and the amount of thought Zaha Hadid put into their design – their experience of stadia design and their ability to put environmental issues at the heart of what they do really stood out. They took a really challenging brief, ran with it, and have given us an iconic and original new stadium.
“We’ve done as much as we can to make our current stadium properly sustainable, but we are limited with what we can do – it simply wasn’t built with the environment in mind. At Eco Park, we’ve started with a blank sheet of paper, and we’ll be going further than anyone has done before – this really will be the greenest football stadium in the world.”
Zaha Hadid Architects have won numerous architectural prizes, including the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) top Stirling Prize two years running, for the MAXXI Museum in Rome (2010) and the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton (2011). Founder Dame Zaha Hadid, who passed away earlier this year, was awarded the first Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 – often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize of architecture’.
Jim Heverin, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “We are very proud to be selected to build the new home for Forest Green Rovers – it will not only be a new stadium, but also an important addition for the community. The club’s heritage, ambition and vision reflect our own, combining the latest material research and construction techniques with new design approaches to build a more ecologically sustainable and inclusive architecture.
“With the team’s community and supporters at its core, fans will be as close as five meters from the pitch and every seat has been calculated to provide unrestricted sight lines to the entire field of play. The stadium’s continuous spectator bowl surrounding the pitch will maximise matchday atmosphere.
“Forest Green Rovers’ new stadium and Eco Park aims to be carbon neutral or carbon negative, including measures such as the provision of on-site renewable energy generation. The buildings on the site, and their embodied energy, play a substantial role in achieving this ambitious target and demonstrate sustainable architecture can be dynamic and beautiful.”
The runner-up entry came from Glen Howells Architects, the firm who designed the award-winning Gloucester Services on the M5.
Dale said: “Glen Howells also produced an exceptional design – and they impressed us as much as their design did actually. As a result, we’re going to work with them on some future projects.”
GR Gloucestershire Football Stadium
The Zaha Hadid designed stadium will be the centrepiece of the £100million Eco Park development – Ecotricity’s 100 acre sports and green technology business park proposal, beside junction 13 of the M5 in Gloucestershire.
Half of Eco Park will consist of state-of-the-art sporting facilities, including the new stadium, grass and all-weather training pitches, publicly accessible multi-disciplinary facilities, and a sports science hub.
The other half will comprise a green technology business park with sustainably built commercial offices and light industrial units, giving Eco Park the potential to create up to 4,000 jobs, including room for the continued expansion of green energy company Ecotricity, who have submitted the overall proposal and who are already the biggest employer in Stroud with 700 people located across four sites.
The proposal will also see the development of a nature reserve on the site, a potential public transport hub, including a Stroud Park and Ride, as well as help with the restoration of the Stroudwater canal.
5 Jul 2016
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Competition News
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Competition Shortlist
Glenn Howells and Zaha Hadid Architects qualify for Forest Green eco-stadium, reports the Architect’s Journal.
20 May 2016
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Competition
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Architecture Competition
FGR Design competition Finalists revealed for £100 m new football stadium project for a semi-professional football club in Gloucestershire.
Forest Green Rovers have selected a shortlist of 9 architecture practices from almost 50 entries:
– AFL Architects
– DP Architects
– George King Architects
– Gianni Botsford Architects
– Glenn Howells Architects
– Richard Kroeker
– Studio M12
– Zaha Hadid Architects
Forest Green Rovers Eco-park Competition Designs
The proposal also includes a nature reserve and a potential public transport hub, including a park-and-ride, as well as help with the restoration of the Stroudwater canal.
The New Lawn stadium is the home ground of the ‘green devils’
Address: Forest Green Rovers, The New Lawn, Another Way,, Nailsworth GL6 0FG, England
Phone: 01453 834860
RIBA South West Awards Winners in 2016
Regional Award-winning buildings in Gloucestershire:
Design: Found Associates
House in Gloucestershire
Montpellier Chapter, Cheltenham
Design: make architects
Montpellier Chapter Cheltenham
Underhill House, Cotswolds
Design: Seymour-Smith Architects
Cheltenham’s Art Gallery & Museum – new building development
Berman Guedes Stretton – winner: RIBA Competition
Gloucestershire museum building
Gloucester’s Kings Quarter
Gloucester Architecture Competition
Gloucester Language Immersion Centre
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Gloucester Language Immersion Centre
Maggies Cotswolds, Cheltenham
MacCormac Jamieson Prichard
The Parabola Arts Centre at Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Foster Wilson Architects
Cheltenham Ladies’ College Building
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