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Cheltenham Racecourse


The £45m redevelopment, designed by Roberts Limbrick Architects, creates an exciting amphitheatre around the Parade Ring, while improving circulation and providing new club and hospitality venues.


THE redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse was officially opened on the first day of The Open race meeting in November 2015 by the Princess Royal, whose name is taken by the new Grandstand as a centrepiece of the development. Prior to the redevelopment, the problems


facing major racing venues through the Festivalisation of the sport over recent years were epitomised by Cheltenham Racecourse. As one of the UK's top 10 sporting events, the four day festival in March was attracting up to 240,000 visitors, with approximately 70,000 on Gold Cup Day. However, its success had become a huge challenge, with crowd circulation and outdated facilities creaking under the pressure, especially in poor weather, leading to a voluntary restriction of numbers to circa 67,000, the Festival's biggest day, the Gold Cup in 2013. The definition of our brief for the


Cheltenham Racecourse evolved over many years through much master planning


and feasibility work. The early vision and development involved Edward Gillespie, the then managing director, up to planning and was inherited, driven on and personalised by Ian Renton, the new managing director from 2013. Both MDs and their teams were hugely 'hands on' with the project, and were exemplary clients with enormous understanding and vision for what was needed at Cheltenham Racecourse to retain its mantle as the home of jump racing in the UK (and beyond). The comprehensive, integrated proposal


needed to capture the real needs and aspirations of Cheltenham Racecourse at this time and included a series of components including: • Redefined and re-routed Horse Walk from the Parade Ring to the Racecourse


• Major review and improvements to pedestrian movement around the Parade Ring on multiple levels and from the Paddock and the Racecourse and eastwards across the Horse Walk to the Tented Village and Guinness Village area


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