Environmentally responsible sports venues are unfor-

tunately few and far between. But that is set to change,

as Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD)

becomes an increasingly important factor in the design

oí all buildings. Indeed, the International Olympic

Commit tee (IOC) are now insisting that sport-related

facilities developed in their name are designed to show

care and respect for the environment. This is not only

in practical aspects such as the choice of materials,

energy use and waste management, but also in terms

of the buildings' visual impact and its relationship with

its environs, roads and other transport links. Other

leading sports governing bodies, and certainly plan-

ning and funding bodies, are sure to follow the IOC's