Ascot Racecourse

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Ascot Racecourse is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom. Founded over 300 years ago, the racecourse hosts over 26 race days throughout the year, including the five-day-long Royal Ascot – the highlight of the summer social season for the equestrian world.

In 2004, Ascot Racecourse began a £200 million redevelopment of its complex to make it the best racecourse in the world. Laing O’Rourke was chosen as the main contractor on the ambitious and unique project.

 

Ascot Racecourse - Outcome 1

57,000 

capacity of the new grandstand

Ascot Racecourse - Outcome 2

8,000  

viewing capacity of the 
new Parade Ring 

Ascot Racecourse - Outcome 3

 10,000sqm

of glass as part of the galleria

The focal point of the new complex was the 57,000-capacity grandstand. Designed to reflect the hill on which it sits, the 400-meter-long grandstand curves down from a central high point towards each end, blending in with the surrounding landscape.

The arc-shaped design provides spectators with an incredible view of the track, bends, mile start, Winning Post, and further afield to Windsor Great Park and even views across London.

 

An internal galleria was also incorporated into the build, bringing natural light into the covered public concourse and providing an even-tempered environmental shelter at the heart of the building.

As part of the complex redevelopment, a fully integrated hotel was built within the grandstand facilities, providing additional viewing boxes on race days. A new parade ring provides stepped viewing for 9,000 spectators, while a new Silver Ring tented village with viewing terraces provides closer views to the track than ever before.

As part of their work on the project, Laing O’Rourke utilized Asite’s project management platform to optimize workflows and enable collaboration on all documents associated with the project while also ensuring they remained secure. The platform also allowed Laing O’Rourke to archive all information relating to the project for any future requirements.

 

Following the closure of the racecourse for 20 months and the demolition of the old grandstand, Ascot Racecourse redevelopment was completed in 2006 - on time and ready for the Royal Ascot meeting that year. The improved facility has eight restaurants, 265 hospitality boxes, and the capacity for 57,000 racegoers. The royal box was also improved and can now seat 60 guests with prime views of the winning post. The grandstand underwent further alterations following the reopening to further improve the facilities and viewing for spectators.

 

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ABP Royal Albert Dock is a mixed-use £1.7 billion scheme, aiming to deliver 4.7 million sq ft of development on a 35-acre site and transform the area into London’s third business and financial district. The project is one of the largest development schemes planned for the UK capital and will see the creation of a diverse trading hub.



Considered one of the capital’s most successful regeneration projects in recent years, the scheme aims to create a vibrant hub with supporting residential, retail and leisure facilities across 88 new buildings and three restored historic buildings, all serviced by important transport links, including Crossrail.

The largest development scheme of its kind, Royal Albert Dock will be delivered in six phases. Phase one was completed in 2019 and has seen 460,000 sq ft of office space created across 21 buildings. The community includes workspaces with flexible rental periods, ranging from 1,300 to 460,000 sq ft. The second phase is set to go through the planning process in early 2020; the intention is to include more office spaces, flats, and membership clubs.

Stanhope was chosen as the development manager on the project, and Asite assisted ABP in the selection process with the Greater London Authority, who owns the site. Asite provided a collaborative BIM solution along with a Bid, AppBuilder, and Workflow Management solutions.

The implementation allowed for better, more streamlined collaboration throughout the delivery of the initial phase of the project. Additionally, archive functionality allowed stakeholders to view all documentation stored during the life of the project, as well as access to their complete audit history.

With Asite’s support, business intelligence was delivered to teams on the ground in real-time, enabling decision-makers to harness instant information that influences the progress of the project positively.

 

Royal Albert Dock offers an affordable range of spaces along with flexible terms to accommodate growth. The scheme, with its 26-year lifespan, is well on its way to becoming a European hub for Asian investors who have recently committed themselves to the district despite the uncertainties of Brexit. With growing transport links and a community-led atmosphere, the area has the potential to become a beacon in East London and, more importantly, boost local employment by 30%.

 

 

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