US President elect Donald Trump might have claimed climate change to be a hoax, but in a leafy spot of rural Britain, a millionaire football club owner is doing all he can to make his team as environmentally friendly as possible.
The latest initiative of lower league English club Forest Green Rovers is to build what chairman Dale Vince says is the world’s first ever wooden stadium.
“The really standout thing about this stadium is that it’s almost entirely made out of wood — the first time that will have been done anywhere in the world,” Vince said when the new design was announced.
“The importance of wood is not only that it’s naturally occurring, it has very low embodied carbon — 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 embodiment of carbon of any stadium.”
The stadium will reside at the heart of a 100-acre Eco Park that aims to provide facilities for the community, as well as the club: gyms, all-weather pitches, and sports science clinics will all be offered, on top of hosting events and conferences. It is estimated to cost £100 million ($123M).
“As with all modern stadium,” Vince said, “in order to make them economic, you’ve got to look beyond football which is on average just a game once every two weeks for a few hours. You’ve got to look beyond that.”
The stadium design was part of a competition launched by Forest Green. The winning entry came from the prestigious Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), the brains behind part of London’s Olympic aquatic center and one of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup venues.
“The design retains and enhances the existing meadow landscape of the site whilst adding the stadium and other functions for the town. 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.”
Source : Internet