Allianz Park - the home of Saracens
In January 2013, Saracens opened Allianz Park - the long awaited new home of the Men in Black positioned in beautiful green surroundings in NW4, North London. The state of the art stadium, designed and built to blend seamlessly into its stunning environment, is the only stadium in the country designed and built to BREEAM Excellent standards.
On the field, Saracens would break new ground once again with the club using the world’s first artificial turf pitch for professional rugby club.
On the pitch Saracens have been in imperious form at their new home, only losing three Premiership games in three seasons in NW4.
A drive for sustainability
From the outset of the project Saracens worked closely with the London Borough of Barnet to set some challenging environmental targets for the development, including a 25 per cent improvement on the already stringent London Plan Building Regulations for carbon emissions.
Saracens met this target, and have even surpassed the mandatory figure aforementioned, clocking up a 28 per cent improvement in emissions and achieving a BREEAM excellent rating - the first UK sports stadium to do so.
In addition to the solar array, behind the new stand 24 holes have been drilled 100 metres deep for a new ground-source heat pump system, which aims to provide heat and all the hot water in the building.
The stand has also been cladded in sustainable cedar, which along with special glazing ensures an impressive U thermal performance factor of 20.
Reusable and recycable materials were used in the construction wherever possible, with Saracens working hard to improve the biodiversity of the site. Green walls are being grown up the side of the stand, which improves insulation as well as biodiversity habitats, while a new swale and reed bed system has been incorporated to help drainage, and bird and bat boxes have been fitted.
A venue of repute
Since its opening in 2013, Allianz Park has seen a 40% increase in revenue, generated from its meeting, events and conferencing division.
In its first year the venue attracted over 212 new clients from corporate clients utilising its events and conference facilities. Now after just two years, the sporting ground has more than doubled its turnover, exceeding the companies’ targets and expectations with a 50% year-on-year increase.