(From l to r): Derek McGrath, CEO Curragh Racecourse Ltd; Paul Hackett, Sisk Regional Managing Director Ireland East; Padraig McManus, Chairman, Curragh Racecourse Ltd; Richard Sisk, Director John Sisk & Son; Joe Keeling, Chairman, Horse Racing Ireland; and Brian Kennedy, Sisk Project Director.
Sisk appointed as main contractor on new Curragh Racecourse development
The Curragh Racecourse Ltd has appointed John Sisk & Son Ltd as the main contractor to construct new facilities that are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, in time for the 2019 racing season.
Curragh Racecourse Design
Designed by Grimshaw Architects, in association with Newenham Mulligan & Associates and design and engineering partner Aecom, the new Curragh is described as respecting both the heritage of the Curragh and the importance of celebrating the unique landscape of the Curragh plains, while retaining the intimate and distinctive character of the existing racecourse grounds. The redevelopment aims to upgrade the facilities and amenities of the site with an innovative design that will create a sense of arrival, atmosphere and excitement.
The centrepiece of the redevelopment will see the creation of a major new grandstand to incorporate five-star corporate facilities, restaurants, bars and superb viewing facilities for the public. A new arrivals and reception areas will include a 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 jockeys’ weigh room will also be added.
Curragh Racecourse works to date
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 historical 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. They are due to be completed in time for the 2018 racing season.
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Exciting time for The Curragh Racecourse
“This is a very exciting time for The Curragh and we would not have been able to progress the development as quickly as we have without our partners and stakeholders including Horse Racing Ireland, Irish Turf Club and the private investors whose generosity, support and commitment to the project has been hugely positive and much appreciated,” said Padraig McManus, Chairman of The Curragh Racecourse Ltd.
Derek McGrath, CEO of The Curragh Racecourse Ltd commented: “The appointment of John Sisk & Son is a major milestone for the development project and we look forward to working with them. They share our vision to build a venue that will be the envy of the world, showcasing our sport and allowing us the opportunity to enhance the racing experience for our existing fans, while also ensuring we have the potential to attract a new audience and deliver a strong commercial business operation which will stage multiple events throughout the year”
Richard Sisk, Director John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd said: “We are delighted to be the chosen contractor to work on this major redevelopment of the home of Irish horse racing. We are looking forward to delivering the innovative design and to working in partnership with all the stakeholders. This is the latest in a long list of iconic sporting venues which Sisk has built and we will bring all our experience, expertise and commitment to this project.”