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.