Sport: Doncaster Racecourse, South Yorkshire

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Sports Above; The new stand Grandstand finish towers over the famous Town Moor track. The redevelopment of Doncaster Racecourse is set to transform the site into one of the most modern and impressive sporting venues in the UK. Martin Cooper takes his place in the press box. FACT FILE The three hundred year-old Doncaster Racecourse The overall course will provide a real Doncaster Racecourse, is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. boost to Doncaster. Resi- South Yorkshire The course which hosts the oldest of the five British centrepiece of dents will see a massive Main client: flat racing classics - the St Leger run annually since the project is change in the facilities and Arena Leisure 1776 - will have a new grandstand, equipped with all will be able to appreciate a Structural engineer: modern facilities including an exhibition hall, up and the grandstand day at the races at its very TRP Consult Main contractor: ready for the historic meeting in September. structure and its best. The new attraction ISG interior/exterior There is also a much bigger picture to envisage, will also provide an anchor Steelwork contractor: as the Racecourse is ultimately just one piece in the interconnected for bringing investment Project value: £35M years, the Borough has attracted over £750M worth conference and with a whole host busi-into the Borough alongoverall transformation of Doncaster. In the past five Billington Structures Steel tonnage: 1,500t of investment from both public and private sectors, exhibition hall. nesses.” which has helped boost the local economy and im- As well as the grand- prove transportation links. stand, the Racecourse works also include £1M Other significant projects recently completed in- invested in the racing surface, improving both irriga- clude the Frenchgate retail development in the town tion and drainage which the owners say will ensure centre, the Sports Complex at Lakeside and a new the best conditions for the very best thoroughbreds football stadium for Doncaster Rovers. to run in. Meanwhile, new stables are being con- Commenting on the Racecourse redevelopment structed and these will be complimented by a new at last November’s topping out ceremony, Mayor horsewalk, saddling boxes, pre-parade ring and Martin Winter said: “When complete, the Race- weighing room. 12 NSC February 2007


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