Forest Green Rovers Stadium and Eco Park: Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK

Images © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has won an invited international competition to design the Forest Green Rovers Stadium, part of an eco-friendly complex in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The competition was actually staged in three phases, with almost 50 firms from around the world participating in the first stage. After a jury shortlisted nine entries from the initial competition phase to participate in the next round, two teams, Zaha Hadid Architects and Glenn Howells Architects, both from the UK, were provided with an honorarium to fine-tune their designs in a third and final stage of the process. Two other firms AFL Architects (Manchester) and George King Architects (London) were “highly commended” on their designs.

Of special note was the emphasis placed on sustainability as illustrated by the extensive use of wood in the Zaha Hadid design, serving to underline the significant ecological nature of the project and the environment where it is to be located.


The nine shortlisted firms were:

  • AFL Architects, Manchester, UK
  • DP Architects, Singapore
  • George King Architects, London, UK
  • Gianni Botsford Architects, London, UK
  • Glenn Howells Architects, Birmingham, UK
  • Richard Kroeker, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Studio M12, Morden, Surrey, UK
  • Zaha Hadid Architects, London, UK
  • ZedFactory, Wallington, UK


The subject of the competition was the design of an innovative new 5,000 capacity stadium for Forest Green. The new stadium will be the centerpiece of the £100million Eco Park development, 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, which has submitted the overall proposal and is already the biggest employer in Stroud with 700 employees 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.