Contractor: Kier Construction
Project Value: £500,000
Architect: Robert Limbrick Architects
Stone: Limestone Type Reconstituted Stone
Completed: November 2015
Official Opening by HRH The Princess Royal: Friday 13th November 2015
In March 2014, Kier Construction were appointed the main contractor to deliver a brand new £45 million grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse. The 6,500 capacity state of the art grandstand includes a new annual members’ facility, general public viewing areas, private boxes, a Super Club and the Royal Box.
This project also saw the creation of elevated walkways to ease mobility for customers and provide a multi-tiered ‘amphitheatre’ experience around the parade ring, allowing even more people to enjoy the equine stars at the heart of all Cheltenham’s race days.
After a hotly contested bidding process, once secured by Kier, they tasked PMJ Masonry to undertake external cladding using a limestone type reconstituted stone. The external cladding included a ‘rotunda’ that used specialist pre-constructed curved blocks. Overall, the whole project utilised 32,000 stone pieces.
The new grandstand was opened by Princess Anne, Princess Royal at the Cheltenham Races in November 2015. She stated it was a “real honour and privilege” to be able to open the stand and for it to be named after her.
Ian Renton, Regional Director for Cheltenham and the South West, The Jockey Club, stated: “The team and I could not be more excited that we are to open the new Princess Royal Grandstand at Cheltenham on the first day of The Open. It is a huge credit to our team at Cheltenham together with our contractors that we have been able to continue with a complete racing programme whilst undertaking a development on this scale. I am delighted that all those involved with the redevelopment so successfully met the logistical challenge to ensure that our race-goers were not inconvenienced last season.”
PMJ Masonry are proud to be associated with such a prestigious project. The final outcome was a truly stunning build that can hold the best horse racing year after year.