Redevelopment at Newbury Racecourse
In 2012 Newbury Racecourse and David Wilson Homes agreed to a landmark re-development deal worth up to £42m to build 1500 homes around the site, in one of the biggest projects ever to take place at a British leisure destination. As of the beginning of 2016 around 400 homes have been finished and are occupied.
The western end of the site is almost complete, with the brand new horsewalk and refurbishment of the racecourse stables finished in 2014. The new state-of-the-art Rocking Horse Nursery, Stable Staff Lodge, Owners & Trainers car park and new access bridge are now completed and in full use, with more information available below.
Elsewhere, the relaying of the internal road network is progressing on schedule with the rebuild of the main car park to the east of the racecourse now well underway, at a cost of £1.2m. The first stage of this, Car Park 4, is now complete and holds space for 700 cars.
DAVID WILSON HOMES
David Wilson Homes is an award-winning house builder founded in 1958. Awarded a 5-star rating by the Homebuilders Association, David Wilson Homes was crowned House Builder of the Year in 2011. You can find out more by visiting the David Wilson Homes website.
With the creation of such a large number of homes around the site, creating a community for those living here is a priority for Newbury Racecourse and David Wilson Homes. A selection of the facilities available to residents including Newbury & Crookham Golf Club, Newbury Racecourse and Sovereign Housing Association are available on the newly-created community website.
HEARTSPACE REDEVELOPMENT BEGINS – AUGUST 2016
The two initial construction areas around the premier arch, pavilions and pre-Parade ring area and the former Rocking Horse Nursery behind the Grandstand are now in place ready for the first period of works to begin. This phase, which will see the construction of a new Owners & Trainers Facility, saddling boxes, wash down area for unplaced horses and pre-parade ring is expected to take around 52 weeks to complete. In this time the new eastern entrance will be constructed at the other end of the site. A temporary Onwers & Trainers ticket collection marquee has been erected next to The Lodge in Car Park 2. A temporary pre-parade ring has also been created behind the parade ring and there is now an entrance on racecourse road opposite the train station situated next to the Copper King Lawn.
You can learn more about the redevelopment in the video below.
NEW ACCESS BRIDGE OPENS ON SCHEDULE – NOVEMBER 2015
The new £6.7m access bridge at the eastern end of the site opened for raceday customers in time for the three-day bet365 Festival in late November. Going forward, this will become the main route into the racecourse on racedays and should make a huge difference to the ease of getting in and out of Newbury. The bridge enables us to regulate traffic flow to all of the car parks, including the new main public car park, and intial feedback has been extremely positive.
PLANNING PERMISSION FOR RACECOURSE REDEVELOPMENT GRANTED – OCTOBER 2015
In mid-July 2015 we submitted detailed planning proposals for the racecourse redevelopment work that forms part of the major ongoing development project across the whole site. As of October 2015, planning permission has been granted, with work due to commence in August 2016. The residential development on site continues to make very good progress, with most of the Western Area construction now complete and more than 200 homes occupied. The next phase of residential development in the Central Area, which will see the construction of 360 apartments, has also begun.
The new nursery and stable staff hostel buildings are now completed and fully operational.In advance of applying for planning permission we completed detailed review of potential improvements to the racecourse infrastructure, focused on enhancing the racing experience at the same time as generating improved financial returns for the business in the long term.
These proposed development works include:
- A new west entrance and Horseman’s Club facility, with a bar for owners and trainers and a dining area and patio, which will double as a new events venue on non-racedays;
- Two new entrances to create a more attractive and customer-friendly arrival experience (Eastern Entrance pictured above);
- A new, more modern administration office immediately above the Horseman’s Club (pictured below);
- A new pre-parade ring with new saddling boxes adjacent;
- An expansion of the existing parade ring to include a completely new winners enclosure within the parade ring, enhanced viewing for the public and improved facilities for television broadcasters;
- Repositioned pavilion suites on the site of the existing saddling boxes;
- Landscaping around the grandstands;
- Refurbishment of the Berkshire Stand and Pall Mall building to provide improved facilities for both racing and conference customers;
- Phase One will commence in early 2016 and be completed over a two year period.
To view the full planning application, please click the first link below. If you would like to download the Design & Access Statement, it can be found by clicking the second link below and scrolling down to the halfway down the menu on the left hand side of the page.
THE LODGE & ROCKING HORSE NURSERY OPEN FOR BUSINESS – SEPTEMBER 2015
During the course of the summer we opened two brand new facilities at the western end of the site. The Lodge, a £3 million, 36 room facility for stable staff which also contains a new jockeys’ medical room, will be used on non-racedays as accommodation for conference & events customers.
The Rocking Horse Nursery has also moved to its new state-of-the-art facility, which includes a ‘sensory room’ and has classrooms named after famous racehorses associated with Newbury, including 2014 Hennessy Gold Cup winner Many Clouds.
If you would like to get in touch regarding the redevelopment, please call 01635 40015 or email email@example.com.