Contractor: Kier Construction
Project Value: £500,000
Architect: Robert Limbrick Architects
Stone Type: Limestone Type Reconstituted Stone
Official Opening by HRH The Princess Royal
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.