AJ, 2007

‘British architecture’s concern for sustainability has long expanded beyond the obvious to a realisation that green thinking must inform all aspects of building design. The approach to building in the countryside brings special constraints. This is addressed, for instance, by AndArchitects in a rural hotel, where it has adopted an approach that is not usually associated with such a location.'

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'Doncaster Community Stadium

A number of measures have been incorporated into this scheme for a 20,000-seat stadium on a greenfield site:

  • Rainwater from the large roof expanse is used as a grey water supply to the extensive WC facilities;
  • Ancillary facilities are heated and cooled by means of a heat pump which uses the lake as a source;
  • The undercroft to each stand takes on a separate use during non-match days – this approach has been used successfully on other stadia by AndArchitects, such as Charlton Athletic FC’s Valley ground;
  • During the week, one stand is used as a public gym and college facility. These multi-functional buildings avoid the construction of entirely separate buildings and provide valuable revenue.'