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£5 million York Racecourse redevelopment starts
WORK on the £5 million north end redevelopment at York Racecourse is now under way.
Following a competitive tender process, Lindum York has been appointed as the main contractor, with workers now onsite carrying out preparatory ground works.
The project, which initially sees the development of a new pre-parade ring and weighing room, is expected to deliver a business plan of growth at the track, with the aim of attracting more high-class horses and racegoers to the city’s course.
Once this year’s racing season reaches its close on October 12, major construction activity is set to begin.
One of the first aspects will be to create an improved pathway and course crossing point allowing ongoing access to the centre of Knavesmire.
Work over the winter will include the creation of a new, larger, more level pre-parade ring complete with modern saddling boxes, vet treatment and wash down areas, which is scheduled to be in operation in May next year.
The whole northern end development project will be completed in several phases over a number of years, with most of the construction work to be undertaken outside the racing seasons.
The approved scheme includes plans to use the space currently occupied by the existing weighing room and pre-parade ring to be converted into improved facilities for racegoers.
The existing Moët Pavilion is set to be replaced with a new building, with the designs including a roof terrace and bar looking towards the parade ring. There is also space for additional toilets and back-of-house facilities to better service this area.
William Derby, chief executive and clerk of the course said: “It is very exciting to start the first physical works on this project which will further improve this end of the racecourse for horses, horsemen and racegoers.
“The scheme will deliver a wonderful experience for those coming racing at York, including the world-class thoroughbreds, the racing professionals who accompany them, and the 350,000 racegoers who watch them each year.
“I am delighted that the racecourse team is working with locally based Lindum York to deploy their combined talents on the next stage of actually building and delivering this exciting scheme.”
With a base in Blossom Street, Lindum has built a record of leisure and heritage projects such as the redevelopment work for Samuel Smith’s Brewery and the renovation of the Drill Hall, a Grade II Listed building in Lincoln.
The firm has said it plans to use local suppliers, subcontractors and tradesmen wherever possible, with this project award following closely on from other local schemes; the Bonding Warehouse and redevelopment of Wickes at Clifton Moor Retail Park.
Lindum York director Andrew Jones said: “We are on site now making a start on the work to create some world-class facilities at the racecourse.
“As a relatively new business in York, we are very pleased to be awarded such a prestigious contract.”
In order to deliver the plans there is a need to realign the existing northern perimeter wall.
This provides an additional third of an acre of leased land that in turn unlocks the space to accommodate the improved equine area.
The investment in the site is estimated at £5 million for the new pre-parade, weighing room and saddling box complex and a further £5 million for the racegoer facilities and enhancements to the east of the main central thoroughfare.
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