A sustainable football stadium

Posted in design, environment, football, sport, sustainability, trends by thenextwavefutures on 23 May, 2007

Given that it’s a big week for football (with the FA Cup and European Champions’ Cup Finals) it seems a good moment to note that the most sustainable stadium in Britain is the 4,000 capacity Princes Park, the home of Dartford, in the Ryman Division 1 South.

It opened in November last year, and was designed by Alexander Sedgley. It features its own water recycling system and water-collection lake, solar panels and a green “living roof”. The pitch level is sunk 2 meters below ground level to reduce noise and light pollution. The water system is probably most interesting: the stadium collects all of its rain run-off into two specially made lakes, which provide the stadium with the 120,000 litres a day that it consumes. This part of the design was specifically designed to take account of the increasing shortage of water in the south-east of England.


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  2. footballorphan said, on 3 March, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Great post! I really enjoy hearing about ways to improve football stadia. I saw a good documentary about Eastlands in Manchester being the most energy efficient in the top flight. The irony is that it’s in the part of Manchester that caused the most pollution!

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