Plans have been revealed by the Jockey Club at the Cheltenham Racecourse for a massive remodelling over then next few years. The £45 million project will include replacing what is known as the ‘A&R’ stand with a more up-to-date Grand Stand to sit in the same place as the structure that was built in the 1920s.
The Jockey Club has invested £80 million in the facilities of Cheltenham Racecourse in the past 30 years and they are now adding an additional £45 million in an attempt to further improve the aesthetics of the venue. The course is home to one of the biggest festivals in the racing season, the Cheltenham Festival, which brings a multitude of spectators each year.
The Festival brings only the best horses and jockeys to Cheltenham and is sure to have a fantastic atmosphere. The Jockey Club has decided to try and improve the Cheltenham Racecourse by increasing the total capacity and upgrading the facilities. There are plans to demolish the current boxes which were built in the 20th century and replace them with larger, more modern boxes.
The new features are said to include: new members’ facilities, public viewing areas in the grand stand, private boxes, royal box facilities, improved bar facilities, more toilets, and further viewing opportunities of the racing and the parade ring. The Jockey Club also runs larger racecourses such as Aintree, Epsom Downs, as well as the Rowley Mile and July Course in Newmarket, among others.
Simon Bazalgette, Jockey Club chief executive explained, “It is part of our job as the biggest commercial group in British horseracing to keep working on our facilities, and keep things up to date – we can never stand still. Cheltenham is a jewel in the crown and is vital for racing as a whole in this country, and we need to make sure the facilities match that.”
If planning permission is granted, the development will begin straight after the 2014 festival and should be completed for the start of the 2016 festival with races planned during the development still being able to take place as normal with temporary facilities.
Author Daniel Foster.
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