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Grimshaw picked for £145m Korean racecourse theme park

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A team led by NOW Architects featuring AJ120 practice Grimshaw has won an international competition for a £145 million horse theme park and racecourse in Yeongcheon, South Korea

The duo’s 148 hectare Park EverYoung proposal was chosen from more than 20 entries to the Korea Racing Authority-organised competition.

London practice Squire and Partners – working with Marcus Barnett Landscape and Garden Design – also received an honourable mention.

According to a statement from Grimshaw: ‘The design for the park creates a natural and intuitive flow of landscape and activities between the various parts of the project.

‘In particular it uses a curved, sinuous body of water to link the race-goer facilities to the infield horse park. A hotel and state-of-the-art grandstand, integrated into the curved form of the racetrack, comprise key elements of the architecture.’

The LetsRun Park Yeongcheon facility will be constructed on an undeveloped 1.5million m² site to the west of the city.

According to the contest brief, the project aims to create a ‘one-of-a-kind’ family-friendly attraction where visitors can relax in the company of horses and enjoy local history and culture.

Grimshaw has past form in winning design competitions for racecourse schemes. In early 2014 the practice saw off Foster + Partners and BDP to win the international contest to redevelop the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland.

A year later Grimshaw, working with Dublin-based Newenham Mulligan & Associates, scooped the international contest for the £15 million overhaul of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Arena in Ireland

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