On Monday 15 August, Newbury Racecourse’s £20m ‘heartspace’ redevelopment shifted into top gear, as contractors moved in to begin work. The first major part of the project is the construction of a new Owners and Trainers facility, on the site currently occupied by the Premier entrance, Owners and Trainers Bar and the Pavilions, adjacent to the Owners and Trainers Car Park.
This building is due to be completed in the early Autumn of 2017, and will transform the Owners and Trainers experience at Newbury. It will contain a VIP entrance for badge collection, with a drop off area outside, a large Owners and Trainers bar and a 200 seat restaurant for the use of Owners and Trainers, as well as lawn viewing next to the pre-parade ring. On the first floor there will be a private viewing platform with outstanding views of the pre-parade ring, saddling boxes, parade ring and winners enclosure.
The redevelopment will also include a completely new pre-parade ring with open and closed saddling boxes, enhanced viewing around an enlarged parade ring, a new winners enclosure and a new unsaddling/wash down area for unplaced horses to avoid the need for these horses to return to the parade ring to be unsaddled. As you can see from the images below, the pre-parade ring will move slightly from its current position and rotate through 90 degrees to be parallel with the railway line and adjacent to the new Owners and Trainers facility.
During the construction of these new Owners & Trainers facilities, there will be some changes to arrangements on racedays. As has been the case since the new railway bridge at the Eastern end of the site opened in November 2015, you can park in Car Park 2, the traditional Owners & Trainers car park, or in Car Park 4, closer to the new bridge. Please note that a section of Car Park 2 will be part of the construction site for the new building, so the capacity of this car park will be reduced slightly over the next few months.
A temporary Owners & Trainers ticket collection marquee will be in use next to The Lodge in Car Park 2 and a temporary Owners & Trainers Bar will be in use on the raised level and terrace of the Premier Lawn Bar adjacent to the Crafty Filly. There will also be a temporary pre-parade ring in use during the next few months in the early stages of construction.
If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me on 01635 40015 or any of the team as below:
Richard Osgood (Clerk of the Course) on 07977 426947 or via email@example.com
Andy Clifton (Head of Communications) on 07876 330090 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma Merritt (O&T Representative) on 01635 39655 or email@example.com
Newbury Racecourse thanks you for your patience during the construction period and looks forward to welcoming you to Newbury over the coming months and to the fantastic new Owners & Trainers facility in the Autumn of 2017.