Lorenzo Apicella's team at Pentagram has submitted the first phase of a £25-30 million masterplan for the development of Chester Racecourse.
The project, being carried out with Donald Insall Associates as executive architect, will extend the existing necklace of racecourse buildings westward, creating a strong relationship with Chester's old port, and southwards from the terraces, connecting the racecourse to the city.
Phase 1 includes a 92-bed budget hotel, stable block and archaeology pavilion.The hotel will be used by jockeys and stable boys on race days.
On non-race days, the hotel will be used by the public and the stables will serve as parking space with an open market on the top floor.The stable building replaces off-site stabling, and means that the process of leading horses from the stables to the track can become part of the race-day pageantry.The relationship between the hotel and stables building will be reinforced by a winter garden designed by landscape architect Jennie Coe.The archaeology building will be used by the Chester Archeological Society to communicate the history of this part of Chester to the public.
Phase 2 will include an extension to the existing grandstand, along with a five-star hotel and conference centre with a rooftop restaurant, and balconies offering views of the track.
Todd + Ledson is the quantity surveyor and Gifford and Partners is the highways, M&E and structural engineer.