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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Beverley unveils ambitious development plan for new £4.8m grandstand

The new main grandstand at Beverley is due to be ready for the start of the 2021 Flat season
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Beverley intends to spend £4.8 million building a new grandstand to replace the current 1960s structure. 

The plan, which is subject to planning permission, represents the biggest single investment in the East Yorkshire course's history, which stretches back more than 300 years. Completion is scheduled for April 2021.

Among a raft of new and improved facilities the stand will be a particularly welcome development for disabled and wheelchair-bound racegoers, who currently have no access above ground level. 

"These plans will provide the racecourse with the modern, fit-for-purpose facilities we need to meet the expectations of racegoers today and into the future, as well as having a competitive offer for other events," said Beverley chief executive Sally Iggulden.

Packed enclosures in front of the existing Beverley grandstand
"The new grandstand will be built on the same footprint as the existing stand and be the same height as the current structure, to ensure there is no additional impact on our beautiful setting. We’re very sensitive to our location.

"The existing stand is a bit of an eyesore. It’s a typically 1960s structure that doesn’t blend in particularly well with the surroundings. We’ve been very careful in the design of the new stand to ensure it will complement the Westwood."

The plans feature tiered viewing on three levels, with a bistro on the first floor and an extension of the existing premier enclosure on the top floor, complete with al fresco dining option. 

While the main stand at Beverley is now 50 years old, the executive have never stood still in their drive to improve facilities at the course, with a total of £7m invested in the last decade and a half. 

Chica La Habana and Adam Beschizza reteurn to the winners' enclosure at Beverley
Iggulden added: "With interest rates at historically low levels there’s no better time to invest in a major capital project. It’s been on our wishlist for a number of years and we feel now is the time to go ahead."

Chairman Charles Maxted said: "We have invested over many, many years in projects that ensure we provide a high-quality venue for racing, primarily, and for other events, and to ensure we have sustainable business.

"As directors, we’re very conscious of our role as custodians of a racecourse that has a proud history going back well over 300 years. This development will play a key part in future-proofing the racecourse for generations to come."

>>Bath's August 28 fixture has been transferred to Chelmsford due to the continuing spell of dry weather.

Hereford embarks on reservoir plan

The resurrection of Hereford racecourse has been one of the most positive developments in British racing over the last two years, and excavation work has begun on provision of an independent water supply for the track. 

Excavation work is under way at Hereford for a reservoir that will enable plentiful irrigation
The 4,000 cubic metre reservoir is being built in the centre of the course on an area of the golf course and will be fed by a new borehole. The project is due to be completed before the new jumps season starts at Hereford on Tuesday, October 16.

Hereford's operator Arena Racing Company has developed the reservoir plan in conjunction with Halo Leisure, operator of the golf complex, and Herefordshire County Council, which owns the site.  

Champion jockey Richard Johnson said: "It's brilliant that we are racing back there and the reservoir is a huge indication of the commitment. Fair play to the team there, they really are putting Hereford racecourse back on the map for good and it’s brilliant to see."


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We’ve been very careful in the design of the new stand to ensure it will complement the Westwood

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