All-timber stadium receives planning permission
In 2016, zaha hadid architects (ZHA) unveiled plans for a football stadium to be made entirely out of wood. now, three years after the scheme was first announced, the project has received planning permission. to be constructed in gloucestershire, england, the arena will form the centerpiece of the ‘eco park’ development — a proposed 100 acre sports and green technology business park. in addition to becoming the new home of english football club forest green rovers, the site will also offer new facilities for the local community.
The site will also provide space for the continued expansion of energy company ecotricity, whose founder, dale vince, is also the chairman of forest green rovers. the proposal also includes the development of a nature reserve and a potential public transport hub. embodying low carbon construction methods and operational processes, ZHA’s design will be the world’s first all wood football stadium — with almost every element made of sustainably sourced timber. as a building material, laminated timber is highly durable, safe and recyclable.