Derbyshire based specialists Evans Concrete Products have been selected to design, supply and install bespoke precast concrete structures as part of Cheltenham Racecourse’s Grandstand redevelopment project.
The contract, awarded to Evans by Kier Construction, is worth around £1.6m and is part of a larger £45m redevelopment plan for the racecourse that involves creating a state-of-the-art new grandstand alongside Cheltenham’s existing one. It will see Evans producing and installing a special steel and precast concrete hybrid which will be used to build the crescent walkway and horse walk bridge, creating a highly impressive parade ring viewing area, along with precast concrete balcony walkways and grandstand terracing.
Installing the deck slabs to the crescent walkway and horse walk bridge, will be no minor feat considering each slab weighs in at 21 tonnes. These are in addition to the balcony walkway units which measure 8x2m long, 325mm thick and weigh 12.7 tonnes.
“We are delighted to be working with Kier, and proud to be able to showcase our skills at one of the most visited locations in the country,” said Chris Foster, Managing Director at Evans. “Although it is a very challenging design, using bespoke, architectural precast concrete and combining it with traditional steel structures, we are eager to get going and really make the project our own.”
The project will begin in March 2014, and is expected to take roughly 22 months, with the first design aspects to be ready for June 2014, and the installation to begin in July 2014.