More than 100 architects from around the world have already responded to a competition launched by Forest Green Rovers to design its new stadium.
Architectural firms from as far afield as Chicago, Perth, Singapore, Venice, Barcelona, Berlin and Helsinki – as well as many leading and up-and-coming firms from around Britain, have expressed an interest in designing the stadium – with less than a month left before the competition entry deadline.
Dale Vince, FGR chairman, said: “We’re looking for innovation and originality, a stadium the like of which has never been seen before (and sustainable to it’s core) – this incredible amount of interest, so quickly and from all over the world, is a very exciting start to the competition.”
The new FGR stadium will be the centrepiece of the £100million development dubbed Eco Park – a 100 acre sports and green technology business park proposal beside junction 13 of the M5 in Gloucestershire.
Half of Eco Park will consist of state-of-the-art sporting facilities, including the new stadium, grass and all-weather training pitches, publicly accessible multi-disciplinary facilities, and a sports science hub.
The other half will comprise a green technology business park with sustainably built commercial offices and light industrial units, giving Eco Park the potential to create up to 4,000 jobs, including room for the continued expansion of green energy company Ecotricity, who have submitted the overall proposal and who are already the biggest employer in Stroud with 700 people located across four sites.
The proposal will also see the development of a nature reserve on the site, a potential public transport hub, including a Stroud Park and Ride, as well as help with the restoration of the Stroudwater canal.
The club has appointed Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), one of the UK’s leading sports stadia experts, to oversee the competition.
The brief challenges architects to design a winning entry that will be “bold and innovative and designed to the highest architectural and sustainability standards,” as well as “sustainable and future proof”.
The competition is being held in three stages – after the initial entries, the judges will select a shortlist of eight designers, who’ll be asked to produce concepts. From these, FGR will select two finalists, who will be paid an honorarium – and they will workup their ideas in further detail, including the production of a scale model. The winning design will be unveiled in September.
Entrants have until the endof April to make their initial submission.
For further entry and competition details, interestedparties should email firstname.lastname@example.org