Main contractor announced for massive €70m Curragh Racecourse redevelopment

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Construction giant, John Sisk & Son Ltd has been announced as the main contractor to construct the new Curragh Racecourse facilities that are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, in time for the 2019 racing season.

Designed by Grimshaw Architects, in association with Newenham Mulligan & Associates and design and engineering partner Aecom, the Curragh Racecourse Ltd said the new Curragh will see the creation of world class multi-purpose facilities on a par with the best anywhere in the world.

The centrepiece of the €70m redevelopment will see the creation of a major new grandstand which will incorporate five star corporate facilities, restaurants, bars and superb viewing facilities for the public.

A new arrivals and reception area will incorporate a brand new visitor attraction incorporating a museum to celebrate the history of racing in Ireland and the contribution Ireland has made to the sport worldwide.

A new parade ring will ensure that more patrons can share in the excitement and build up to the racing. A new weigh room will provide even better facilities for the jockeys.

Demolition by Murphy International of the old Curragh grandstand and Weigh Room commenced last January and was completed in June, while they are also currently working on the reconstruction of the historic Viewing Stand as a stand-alone feature, which was first built in the 1850s to commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria.

Work on the refurbishment of the stable area also commenced earlier this year with Galway-based Purcell Construction winning the contract to ensure that the real stars of the sport will also have first class facilities.

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