Client: Kier Construction and The Jockey Club
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse
Project Manager: Mark Virgo
Duration: 18 months (on-going)
Smiths Contract Value: £4.5 million
Project Overview – The new grandstand project was awarded to main contractor Kier at an original total value of £45 million. The contract encompassed the construction of new member’s facilities, new bar areas, additional toilets, improved viewing of the course and parade ring and additional grandstand capacity for 6,500 people together with a new Royal Box. The new grandstand replaces an original building constructed in the 1920s.
Scope of Work – Smiths Construction were awarded the groundworks, drainage and service works at an original value of circa £2.8 million. Over the course of the works, additional works were added increasing the final contract value to circa £4.5 million.
The works included a large basement construction with retaining walls and ground floor slab using 400t of reinforcement and 2812m3 of concrete. Smiths also placed the foundations for the new bar areas, betting shop and first aid centre. The external works included further retaining walls, concrete steps and 1.2km of kerbs and edgings.
The services installation which houses the gas, water and electric supplies included duct work for the BBC and loudspeaker system. The services were laid in approximately 15.5km of ducts within 3.5km of trenches.