February 11

World’s first timber stadium finally approved for construction

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The English Football League has given the green light for Forest Green Rovers to build the world’s first all-wooden football stadium in Gloucestershire.

Last week, the governing body approved an environmentally conscious and “100% vegan” Gloucestershire Football Club’s proposal to move it into the 5,000-seat wooden floor stadium designed by Zaha Hadid. The timber stadium will be the centerpiece of  an “Eco Park” development dedicated to sports and green technology.

In June 2019, the Planning Committee of the Stroud District Council rejected the plan due to noise, traffic, and environmental impact.

The proposal was subsequently changed. The changes include replacing the grass pitch with an all-weather grass pitch, allowing local clubs, revising the landscaping strategy, increasing match day transport, and clarifying noise.

The redesigned plan was approved by the same planning committee later in the same year.

Forest Green Rovers has been stationed in Nailsworth’s new lawn stadium since 2006. After Vince acquired the club in 2010, the venue received a series of green upgrades, including solar panels, a solar-powered robot grass mower and the world’s first organic football field.

 

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