York Racecourse

Client Name

York Racecourse Knavesmire LLP




79 Weeks



Project Overview

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Over six years, Lindum worked with York Racecourse to help modernise its facilities with projects in excess of £15.5m. The work saw the first major review of the house facilities at the racecourse in a Century.

Phase 1 – Weigh in building & stable blocks.
The first phase of the works started with the construction and fit out of a new Weighing Room alongside a new stabling block and parade ring. As a
result of reconfiguring facilities for the horses, there is improved viewing for race goers, as well as greater ease of movement for visitors and horses. Improvements to Welfare facilities for the horses has been a major focus and the finished stables provide excellent accommodation

Phase 2 – Moet Pavillion
Phase two involved the demolition and replacement of existing hospitality suites.
We created a new Owners and Trainers entrance building and facilities for racegoers set against the northern boundary wall. Adjacent to these facilities
is a new ‘Moet’ champagne pavilion complete with roof terrace looking towards the pre-parade ring and track. An ETFE (Ethylene-tetrofluroethlene) self-cleaning canopy waserected over the Grade II listed John Carr building, a 1754 structure which we understand is the oldest sporting grandstand still being used anywhere in the world.
As the existing Weighing Room is such a ‘charming’ feature of York Racecourse, the facade and roof was
retained with the internal spaces being reconfigured to provide a service for racegoers.
The concluding aspect of the phase was the landscaping which provides improved and level lawns, pathways and colourful flower beds. Most of the
existing trees have been kept and supplemented with new to ensure that the summer feel of the area is retained

Phase 3 – Clocktower
Phase 3 saw us complete a major improvement scheme to the former Course Enclosure (now renamed the Clocktower Enclosure). The work involved construction of two large, modern toilet blocks at either end of the grass banking, twin canopies either side of the Clocktower, improved access for pushchairs and wheelchairs plus a refurbishment of the turnstiles.
All the work was carried out in a Heritage and Green Belt setting. Working closely with the City of York Council planning and conservation officers, taking guidance from Historic England, the design team managed to retain the core features while adding modern infrastructure to deliver against 21st century expectations.
The creation of safe pathways from the entry level of the area up to the top of the banking means that racegoers with pushchairs or wheelchairs will find it easier to take advantage of the elevated viewing of the final furlong.

Phase 4 – Melrose Sports Bar
The most recent phase saw the refurbishment of the existing Melrose stand to create a new Premier Racing Lounge for the start of the Dante Festival, a
world famous race meeting. Through our considerable experience of working on previous projects at this race course we were able to coordinate our work around the client’s daily activities. We ensured temporary walkways were in place and clear signage was erected to direct people around the works we were doing. On race days we ensured work was kept to a minimum to ensure that visitors race day experience wasn’t hampered by construction work. As we were working with temporary services and connecting to current
services we had qualified operatives on site in the event of loss of electricity for example during a race day.
Thankfully no issues with services occurred during the project.
We reused materials on site to minimise waste and expenditure. Any undamaged paving slabs were re-used as were all metal cladded soffits from the
building exterior. Where possible we worked with local subcontractors, 60% of the workforce employed on the project was based within 20 miles of the site. Two of our own apprentices worked on this project and we supported a further three apprentices from members of our supply chain. We feel it is important to welcome apprentices onto our sites to gain valuable experience in working on live construction sites.

We involve the experts from our support teams wherever possible to give us and the client better control of the finished product. Lindum York were the main contractor, Lindum Joinery crafted and fitted the bespoke doors and windows for Phase 1, Lindum Plant supplied the site cabins and assisted Lindum Joinery with the delivery of the doors and windows and Lindum Waste Recycling helped source local waste transfer stations, skips and bulk
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