How engineering spearheads racecourse developments

There are 58 courses throughout the Britain, which vary in size and type. All must adhere to common track and facility standards set out by the British Horseracing Authority in order to obtain an annual licence to race.

Civil and structural engineering creates designed focused solutions to enrich the environment or a facility and deliver better services.

York racecourse is currently undergoing plans for a £5 million development of the Northern end of the course.

York is well known for the world-class horses who race there as well as the handlers, owners, jockeys and people who go to see them race, they want the experience to be the best it can possibly be. This is why it was decided to improve the facility there by looking into the functionality of the venue and the design and layout of the current site.

The plans will be to give racegoers improved viewing as well as greater ease of movement for visitors and horses. The scheme focuses on better equine facilities and a safer more enjoyable experience for the general public.

Cheltenham racecourse is another track undergoing development on a state-of-the-art new grandstand, which will replace the old A&R block in time for the 2016 Cheltenham Festival.

They are creating a brand new grandstand alongside Cheltenham’s existing main grandstand, to include better facilities for the annual members area, general public viewing areas, private boxes, ‘Super Club’ and the Royal Box.

The project will also see the creation of elevated walkways to improve people-flow and provide a multi-tiered ‘amphitheatre’ experience around the parade ring, allowing more people to get up close to the star horses at the heart of all top race days.

These are just a few examples of how Civil Engineering works to improve the overall experience for everyone by considering not just the design but the functionality and facilities required.

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