Naas Racecourse Unveils New Feature Building


Sunday, January 28, 2018
Naas New Building 2018

Naas Racecourse unviled their new feature building 'The Circle' on Sunday January 28 Photo: Conor Healy Photographer


Naas racecourse unveiled its new feature building today, ahead of their final January meeting, the Woodlands Park Novice Chase Day. The new building is the principal phase of an overall redevelopment at Naas racecourse, worth €3.2million, which is partly funded by the Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Racecourse Capital Development Scheme.

Built by Duggan Lynch builders and designed by architects and design consultants, Turnburry Design Consultants in London, together with Hamilton Young Architects, the new feature building, The Circle, is believed to be the only racecourse building of its kind in Britain and Ireland.  

The innovative cylindrical design, located between the parade ring and grandstand, allows for greater vantage points for the general racing public and owners and trainers.

The ground floor of the building, ‘The Circle Bar’ is a sports bar open to all racegoers and the owners and trainers lounge is located on the first floor, with 180-degree views of the track. 

Naas racecourse has made significant investment over the past number of years. The existing grandstand was built in 1997, while in 2003 a public bar and weigh room was constructed. The stable yard was built from new in 2009 while last year saw the opening of a new self-service restaurant and the creation of a new office building and crèche, which will be operational during race days and non- racedays and a welcomed addition to families visiting the racecourse.  

The racetrack has also seen considerable investment including most recently the levelling of the sprint track and the addition of a new watering system.

The next part of the redevelopment programme will commence in the spring. This phase of the redevelopment will see the interiors and public areas within the grandstand upgraded including the Panoramic Restaurant.

Naas racecourse also revealed their new identity and brand which can be seen throughout the racecourse. 

Speaking at the launch, Chairperson of the Board of Horse Racing Ireland, Joe Keeling, said: “It is essential that we have top class facilities at our racecourses and I commend Tom Ryan and the team here at Naas for their continued work in establishing Naas as one of the premium racetracks in the country. 

“All over the country we have significant development work ongoing on our racecourses and I am proud of the impact made by Horse Racing Ireland’s Racecourse Capital Development Scheme, which is of course enabled by Government budgetary support. Personally, I am extremely conscious and proud of the role that the Scheme is playing in improving racecourse facilities for owners, like those here in this wonderful new building at Naas.”

Tom Ryan, Manager of Naas Racecourse, commented: “We are very proud to showcase our new feature building today. Our aim was to erect a building which would help bring Naas Racecourse to the next level. The €3.2 redevelopment was part of the HRI Capital Development Scheme, I want to extend a huge thank you to HRI and all parties involved in the design and production of our innovative feature building. We are delighted with the finished product and hope our customers enjoy the new Naas experience. We now look ahead to the second phase of the redevelopment which is due to commence in the spring.”

It is essential that we have top class facilities at our racecourses and I commend Tom Ryan and the team here at Naas for their continued work in establishing Naas as one of the premium racetracks in the country. 

 

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