York Racecourse – Masterplan

We worked with York Racecourse to prepare masterplan and detailed building proposals for the northern end of the enclosure.

The northern end of the enclosure was laid out in 1908-09 to the designs of Walter Brierley and while there has been additions over the years this is the first comprehensive redevelopment of the area since then.

For equine and racegoer safety, we are proposing to move the enclosure wall and this small additional area allows us to relocate the Pre-Parade Ring and provide new Saddling boxes and a new Weigh-In Building, which in turn releases space to allow for a reordering of the Champagne Lawns with new bars, toilets and back-of-house space.

The project is phased to fit with the racing programme. The first phase ran from September 2013 through to April 2014 and included the construction of a new road and trackside crossing the new Pre Parade Ring With Saddling boxes, Vet Treatment facilities and Wash-down area.

The largest single element could not be built within the close season but works were structured to allow the shell of the Weigh-In building to be included within the first phase with the stated objective of providing a clean defined building envelope during the racing season. This allowed work to progress internally over the summer and the new Building was opened in April 2015 in line with the phase 2 works.

The second phase, started in September 2014 and completed in April 2015, includes a new Owners and Trainers Entrance Building, a new Moet Pavilion and extensive works to the Champagne Lawns including the surviving element of the John Carr building – the oldest and only grade II* racecourse building in the country which is revealed and enhanced by creating an over-sailing lightweight canopy structure to provide weather protection to the terrace.

The project was procured under a traditional contract route with Phelan Architects as Contract Administrator.

York Racecourse - View from across the Knavesmire

Proposed Canopy to front of John Carr Building

Proposed Champagne Pavilion

Proposed Weigh-In Building

Proposed Weigh-In Building - View from New Pre-Parade Ring

Extension to Northern End of Enclosure