Covered with grass and wrapped in cycling paths, with hidden educational and sports facilities. This planned stadium in Helmond is so interesting that you won't mind seeing only one render.
We gave you first info on the planned new stadium in Helmond (just east of Eindhoven) back in 2016, now we finally know the details. International tender for its design was carried out, the winning bid came from MoederscheimMoonen Architects, FaulknerBrowns Architects and CULD.
Already in early September the groundbreaking ceremony is to take place, symbolically beginning a lengthy process that will conclude in 2024. Why so late? Because we're not talking only about a stadium, rather an entire campus with a stadium at its heart and school for 1,600 students next to it.
Thanks to the combined effort from the town of Helmond and Ons Middelbaar Onderwijs (OMO) school board, funding for the project was secured. The municipality will cover €25 million, while OMO promises to contribute €30 million of the €55-million budget.
New home for Helmond Sport is expected to be delivered within the current location, at De Braak. This time it will be conjoined with secondary functions to cater for varying needs. In total a floor space of 11,000 m2 is expected.
Both long sides of the stadium will house the non-football uses. The west side is expected to comprise educational facilities, aside from Helmond Sport's offices. The opposite straight would see a sports hall attached, along with gyms and physiotherapy facilities. Two local amateur football teams would also benefit from the floor space.
The entirety was created with focus on pedestrian and bicycle connections, encouraging people to wander around and even on top. The east stand will have a green plinth accessible to everyone. Significant portion of the entire roof will be covered with grass to provide natural insulation and absorb rainwater, while protecting the complex from overheating.
The stadium's auditorium is planned for 4,500 people initially. However, there is an option of expansion, should such need arise.