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ZHA unveils tech hub and footbridge for Forest Green stadium eco park

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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has unveiled designs for a green technology hub and footbridge as part of a major redevelopment scheme featuring an all-wood football stadium for Forest Green Rovers 

The designs are part of the planned £100 million eco park – backed by Ecotricity – next to junction 13 of the M5, straddling the A419 heading into Stroud in Gloucestershire.

The timber footbridge will link the two main sides of the development, and the technology hub will be used for research.

A ZHA spokesperson said: ‘The bridge design creates one single, fluid form by fusing together individual timber elements. This important, unifying gesture builds connections for the community, conveying eco park as a facility for all.

‘The green technology hub proposals apply the latest sustainable design technologies with ecologically sound materials and construction methods to create an integrated community for world-leading research and development.’

The centrepiece for the eco park will be ZHA’s 5,000-seat, carbon-neutral stadium for Forest Green Rovers Football Club, which will be built entirely from wood – a world first for a football ground.

The practice won the competition to design the stadium in November, ahead of seven other practices including Glenn Howells, Gianni Botsford, AFL and Singapore-based DP Architects.

An outline planning permission for the eco park development has been lodged with Stroud District Council, with a decision expected in summer. 

Project data

Location Just off junction 13 of the M5
Type of project Eco park, which includes a Green technology hub and a new sports complex, including a football stadium for Forest Green Rovers
Client Ecotricity
Architect Zaha Hadid Architects






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