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Phelan Architects completes £10m York Racecourse revamp

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Hackney-based Phelan Architects has completed this £10million redevelopment of York Racecourse

The scheme includes a new two-storey weigh-in building, restaurant, saddling boxes, parade ring, improved vet and wash-down facilities and extensive works to the lawns and original grade II-listed John Carr grandstand.

It is the first time the northern end of the racecourse has been redeveloped since 1908.

The racecourse’s equine buildings have been separated into clusters and arranged around the new parade ring.

According to the practice, the largest part of the project was the new weigh-in block built on the eastern boundary of the site. The ground floor features a glazed cloistered offering views of the parade ring while the roof has been broken down into individual volumes to reflect the activities taking place within the upper floor.

The masterplan has taken two years to complete with buildings finishing in two phases – the main equine buildings in May 2014 and the public buildings in May 2015.

James Brennan, Head of Marketing and Sponsorship at York Racecourse said: ‘As one of the most popular and oldest theatres of British sport, it’s vital that we continue to invest in the appeal of York Racecourse and the experience it offers and so look to continue its success.  

‘By breathing new life into the northern end of the course, whilst retaining its historic character, Phelan’s scheme has ensured that we can continue to compete as a world-class sports venue ensuring the horse, the horseman and the racegoer are each given the best possible experience.’


Project data

Location York
Type of project redevelopment
Client York Racecourse
Architect Phelan Architects
Planning consultant Turnberry Consulting
Structural engineer Blackburn Wigglesworth & Associates
M&E consultant EBS consultants
Quantity surveyor Frank Whittle Partnership
Main contractor Lindum York
Start on site date September 2013
Completion date May 2015
Total cost £10 million

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