Construction of timber football stadium finally gets the go-ahead

A 5,000 seat stadium for Forest Green Rovers in Gloucestershire has finally received the green light to begin construction following appeal and several amendments to the project to win over the planning authorities.

Impression of the new timber football stadium for Forest Green Rovers 

Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the 5,000 seat stadium will be built almost entirely from timber and offer every seat an unrestricted view of the pitch. It will be the only construction of its kind in the world which will include the planting of 500 trees and 1.8km of new hedgerow.

Changes made to the original application to help the appeal were the addition of an all-weather 4G training pitch which can be accessed by other local clubs, a revised landscaping plan and improvements to noise abatement and car parking.

Dale Vince, Chairman of Forest Green Rovers, is the owner of green energy firm Ecotricity. The League Two side is the only football club in the world to be certified by the UN as carbon-neutral.


“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,” said Mr Vince, when choosing the Zaha Hadid Architects proposals three years ago.


“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.”