Galway Race Committee is seeking a design team for a £10.7 million expansion of Galway Racecourse in Ireland
The architect-led team chosen for the £750,000 contract will draw up plans to upgrade the world famous horse-racing venue’s parade ring and redevelop its eastern end.
The project, planned to complete in 2022, will create a new parade ring featuring tiered seating, raised viewing platforms and hospitality areas; a new two-storey pavilion; a pre-parade ring with saddling boxes; and a new office block. Upgrades to the bookies’ ring and the millennium stand ground floor will also be required.
According to the brief: ‘The Galway Festival is one of the great racing festivals in Europe. Galway is now looking to improve the overall experience of the site with particular regard to the parade ring.
‘The aim is to create a stadium experience unparalleled in Ireland. an architect-led single point design team will be appointed to progress a new parade ring and eastern end redevelopment project.’
Galway Racecourse – officially known as Ballybrit Race Track – is a major sports venue located around six kilometres outside Galway. The venue is home to the annual Galway Festival which lasts for seven days every August and is now in its 149th year.
EPR Architects completed the 6,000-capacity Killanin Stand at the racecourse 11 years ago. A new betting hall, dubbed the Wilson Lynch Building, by Coady Architects is also due to open later this month.
The latest project aims to transform and enlarge the parade ring to create new focal point for the racecourse featuring new high-quality hospitality areas and spectator facilities designed to enhance the spectacle of pre and post-race activities.
The scheme will also deliver a new 280m2 office block for race officials, new welfare facilities for jockeys, a refurbished millennium stand ground floor and a pre-parade ring featuring 15 open saddling stalls.
The winning team will be expected to include an architect, civil and structural engineer, mechanical and electrical engineer, fire safety consultant, health and safety consultant and assigned certifier.
The deadline for applications is 3pm on 30 August.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Galway Race Committee
Tel: +353 91753870