- ClientAscot Racecourse Estates
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New beginnings for Ascot Racecourse
In September 2004, Ascot’s last race meeting was held in the Queen Elizabeth II Stand and an impressive £200m redevelopment programme commenced. The vision, to become an ultra-modern Ascot with sweeping glass-fronted stands and 21st-century facilities.
McGee’s expertise was required to complete a significant amount of demolition works. This included the “Silver Ring” and Main Grandstand, along with all associated buildings, subways and foundations.
Due to the intense public interest in the redevelopment of the racecourse, it left no room for error. Its high-profile name – along with a tight programme of works represented a considerable challenge.
Due to the advantage of not being in close proximity to any businesses or residential areas – and also having plenty of space to manoeuvre the specialist equipment required for the task in hand – the long reach excavator was utilised to complete much of the demolition work. Both in terms of on-site safety and productivity, the long reach excavator is a far more effective and efficient tool for demolishing large structures.
All concrete and brick arising was processed on site and recycled back into the new works. This resulted in both cost and environmental benefits due to minimised lorry movements.
On occasion, we utilised in excess of 100 operatives to ensure the contract works were completed safely, on time and to budget.
Ascot was officially reopened in July 2006 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.