Wetherby Racecourse has undergone some major redevelopment work this past summer, with the demolition of their ‘Old Members Stand’ to make way for the new £3.2million extension to the Wetherby Millennium Stand.
The Old Members Stand stood in a prime position at the Racecourse, namely in direct alignment with the Winning Post, and therefore all of the racing integrity services were formerly housed within the old stand. Services such as the stewards and judges boxes, the photo finish, the commentary box and camera positions.
The design of the new building has therefore had to incorporate these integrity services in such a way that we were able to have them finished and ready for use in just over 4 months, from the end of our flat fixtures in late May, and the start of the demolition of the old stand, to being ready for use on our opening meeting on Wednesday 12th October. The entire project is not however, due for completion until May 2017.
We are delighted to say that we hit the October deadline with no problems, and although the building is far from finished below, the integrity services up on the roof were used for their first fixture today and passed with flying colours.
Gareth Topham was the first to use the commentary box and tweeted ‘Tremendous view from the enormous new commentary box – no excuses from up here!’.