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
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.
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
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
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.”