Work is underway to redevelop part of York Racecourse to create extra lawns, bars, betting facilities, and food stands.

Construction company Lindum has been appointed to upgrade the venue’s southern end, around the Bustardthorpe Stand, as part of an ongoing plan to enhance the overall experience of visitors.

The £5m scheme will include demolition of the existing facilities and construction of the new Roberto Bar, upgrades to the Theakston Bar, and new William Hill betting areas.

It is the seventh project Lindum has undertaken at the Racecourse in the last eight years.

James Nellist, Lindum York Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled to be returning to York Racecourse, where we have developed a fantastic relationship over the years, including the full redevelopment of the Northern End, County Stand Enclosure and the Course Enclosure.

“Being based in York and employing local people means we all have a strong connection to this historic racecourse. We are thrilled to be involved with the continued development here at York, and hope people will enjoy the new facilities for many years to come.”

Work will also include the installation of PV solar panels on the existing roof of the stand to improve sustainability at the Racecourse and reduce some of the running costs.

It is expected the work will be completed in time for the 2024 racing season, with foundation works for the new extension already underway.

William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of York Racecourse, said: “These improvements are another sign of the clear vision held by the York Race Committee to ensure we remain one of the world’s best racecourses. The Committee has a track record of investing in the facilities, race programme, and visitor experience.

“This latest chapter aims to improve the facilities for racegoers in the Grandstand and Paddock area, following similar recent investments elsewhere. As a summer venue, we want to provide lawns to enjoy, however we are mindful of the Yorkshire weather, so we are looking to repeat the success of the canopy that sits above the John Carr Terrace.

“Practical concerns around a better arrival experience, more loos and easier access to both food and drinks and how we better support our race day team, all form part of this ambitious scheme.”