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Interior Design Ideas for Sports Stadium Sustainability


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At Layrd Design, we're passionate about creating inspiring interiors, but we also know that design can – and should – be as sustainable as possible. That's especially true for large-scale projects like sports stadiums. The sports sector is thought to be responsible for around 300 - 350 million tonnes of CO2e, so incorporating eco-friendly elements is a must.


What is Sustainable Design?


Sustainable interior design goes beyond aesthetics. It's about creating spaces that are not only beautiful and functional but also minimise environmental impact and promote human health. Here are some key principles:


  • Mindful Material Selection: Sustainable design prioritises the use of recycled, reclaimed, or locally sourced materials with a low environmental footprint. This reduces reliance on new resources and cuts down on transportation emissions.


  • Energy Efficiency: Designing for energy efficiency is paramount. This includes using energy-saving lighting fixtures and maximising natural light.


  • Healthy Indoor Environment: Sustainable design prioritises the use of low-VOC materials that minimise harmful chemicals emitted into the air. This creates a healthier environment for users and improves indoor air quality.


  • Durability and Longevity: Sustainable design focuses on high-quality, durable materials and furniture that will last for years to come. This minimises waste generation and reduces the need for frequent replacements.


  • Minimising Carbon Footprint: We can prioritise specifying locally sourced materials alongside working with local trades and contractors. This reduces transportation emissions associated with the project.


Immersive stadium interior of hospitality lounge at Ipswich Town Football Club, featuring a variety of tables and seating options.

Here's how Layrd Design can help you create eco-friendly interiors that elevate the fan experience while minimising your environmental impact:


Material Solutions


Source furniture, wall panels, and flooring made from recycled materials. Look for innovative options like carpet tiles made from fibres with 100% recycled content, valuable materials that can be used again and plastic bottles turned into PET acoustic panels. This not only reduces reliance on new materials but also injects a unique identity into your stadium. 


Consider incorporating high-quality, preloved furniture. We work with reputable companies specialising in preloved and upholstered pieces to find hidden gems that add character and reduce your environmental footprint.


Sustainable flooring details of Tarkett LVT at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Energy Efficient Design


Maximise natural light usage wherever possible. Consider introducing skylights in concession areas and open atriums to bathe common spaces in natural light. This can reduce reliance on artificial lighting during the day. Where possible, utilise light-coloured materials for walls, ceilings, and even furniture. This maximises the reflective properties of natural light, reducing the need for additional artificial illumination. Replace traditional lighting with energy-efficient LED fixtures throughout the stadium. LEDs offer superior brightness with significantly lower energy consumption.


Bright, natural lighting and football club branding at Ipswich Town Football Club's West Stand.

Promoting User Health


Traditional materials often contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals can emit gas into the air, creating a range of health concerns like respiratory irritation, headaches, and even dizziness. We prioritise specifying materials with low VOC content for everything from flooring and wall coverings to paints and adhesives. This improves overall air quality. Strategically placed live plants can act as natural air purifiers, further enhancing indoor air quality and creating a biophilic connection for occupants.


Paint details at Cambridge United Football Club's Signature Suite.

Built to Last


Stadiums experience heavy traffic and constant use. Some materials can wear down quickly, leading to frequent replacements and lead significant amount of waste and cost. We focus on specifying high-quality, durable materials for everything from flooring and seating to wall panels and furniture. This ensures the longevity of the interior, minimising the need for frequent replacements and reducing waste generation.


We select furniture that is not only stylish but also built to withstand heavy use. This means sturdy frames, high-performance fabrics, and finishes that can resist wear and tear. Trends come and go, but a timeless design ensures your stadium interior remains fresh and inviting for years to come. This minimises the desire for frequent renovations and updates. Incorporating modular furniture allows for flexibility and easy reconfiguration. This means you can adapt your space for different events without needing entirely new furniture sets, maximising the lifespan of existing pieces.


Branded hospitality seating at Cambridge United Football Club's Signature Suite.

Local Matters


Support your community and reduce transportation emissions by using materials sourced from local suppliers whenever possible. Celebrate local craftsmanship and innovative materials in your space to reflect local pride. We weave in subtle nods to the local community, fostering a sense of shared identity. Imagine using panelling that evokes the region's natural beauty or incorporating elements from a city’s industrial heritage. These details resonate with fans, creating a space they truly feel a part of.


Immersive Stadium Interior Design at Ipswich Town Football Club with logo and lighting.

Looking Ahead


If you're looking to ensure your stadium is not only eco-friendly but also future-proofed, we can help! Our experienced team can help you design the ideal set-up for your space. Get in contact.


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