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Oxford United FC's Proposed New Stadium Project Wins ESG Award, Showcasing the Club’s Ongoing Commitment to Sustainability

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Oxford United’s proposed new stadium project won the ESG Award at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2024 last week, highlightin the club's dedication to embedding sustainability into the heart of their design and decision-making processes.

The Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Award celebrates projects that demonstrate significant environmental and social impact alongside effective governance practices.

This recognition highlights Oxford United's ongoing commitment to these principles as they continue to make strides toward becoming a more sustainable club.

Oxford United has ambitious plans to integrate ESG into their future strategy, with the new stadium project serving as a cornerstone of this initiative.

Designed with a net-zero approach in mind, the stadium will utilize a low-carbon energy supply, including power generated by solar panels. This state-of-the-art facility will feature a 16,000-seat capacity and will eschew high-carbon fossil fuels such as gas, instead opting for renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures.

The proposed design incorporates modern building fabric and heat recovery solutions to maximize thermal efficiency.

The primary heat source will be air source heat pumps, expected to reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 80% annually compared to traditional gas boilers. Additionally, the stadium will feature advanced drainage systems, rainwater storage, and recycling solutions to promote water conservation. Efforts to enhance biodiversity on the surrounding land will further contribute to a significant net gain in ecological value.

"The standout element of the stadium is it will be the most sustainable mid-sized sports venue in the country. We want to make the most of the opportunity to create something special – it would be one of the greenest football stadiums to be built."
Jon Clarke, Oxford United's Development Director
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