This comes as last year Ecotricity revealed their revisited plans for its Eco Park development, the new home for Forest Green Rovers, which will be next to Junction 13 of the M5 motorway in Gloucestershire and includes the new stadium.
According to Ecotricity, the development would contribute around £150m to the local economy annually, while generating £2m per year in business rates for Stroud District Council.
Forest Green Rovers chairman and Ecotricity owner Dale Vince revealed yesterday morning (Thursday) that work on the stadium has now begun.
“We have started work on our new all wooden football stadium at Eco Park,” said Mr Vince.
“The work starts with a series of boreholes to get an understanding of the ground conditions so that we can design the foundations.
“This is small for now but it is definitely a start.”
The Eco park development plan – includes the all-wooden 5000 seat stadium for FGR which was approved in December 2019 and the use of land on both sides of the A419 to include a green tech business park.
The overall plans for the Eco Park development were received by Stroud District Council on January 28 last year but they are still awaiting a decision.
As part of the plans, the site would feature 38k sq metres of office space and 18k sq metres of industrial space, designed to host companies working in the zero carbon economy.
Ecotricity will also build a comprehensive new training facility at Eco Park for FGR which would bring training back into the district for the first time since the club went professional.
The new training complex will bring together the youth, academy, women’s and first team together.
The site is also expected to self-generate over 80 per cent of all energy used.
“With Eco Park we’ll be able to properly push the boundaries of sustainable development,” said Dale Vince last year when the plans were released.
“The beating green heart of this project will be the lowest carbon football stadium in the world ever.”