Electrical Contracting News (ECN) June 2016 - Page 22

PROJECT FOCUS CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE GRAND AND GLORIOUS Between 2013 and 2015 various different areas of Cheltenham Racecourse were redeveloped. Russell Drury talks to CF Roberts about the role it played in the construction of the brand new Princess Royal Grandstand. E very year for four days in March, Cheltenham Racecourse is the focus of the sporting world. The Cheltenham Festival draws huge crowds and all the leading owners, trainers and horses in National Hunt racing are there. The Festival is broadcast across the UK and beyond and followed by millions from all walks of life, from Royals to the rest of us. For many people it is the biggest party of the year, 250,000 pints of Guinness are downed and an estimated £150m gambled. For CF Roberts, electrical and mechanical contractor for the newly opened £45m Princess Royal Grandstand, the 2016 Festival was the highest profile and most important examination of its work it has experienced to date. Just imagine having 60,000 ‘inspectors’ testing your work every day for four successive days and if that isn’t enough to worry about, bear in mind that the Festival is now worth £100m to the local economy. Everything has to be right and national media acclaim and visitor feedback confirmed that it was. The new grandstand consists of five floors. The Vestey Bar, named after Lord Vestey, who was chairman of Cheltenham for 21 years until 2011, sits on the ground floor as well as a bistro providing hot food and seafood. The grandstand consists of five floors and houses the Royal Box, bars, restaurants and private boxes. 22 22 Project Focus.indd 22 12/05/2016 10:53