Newbury Racecourse – Central Area Site B
In 2012 Newbury Racecourse Plc announced that it had completed a Joint Venture Development Agreement with David Wilson Homes (DWH) regarding the long term redevelopment of the racecourse to help safeguard the future of racing at Newbury, but also to transform the 105 year old site into a much more dynamic business and leisure destination.
The agreement has seen DWH purchase three areas of land at the racecourse known as the Western, Central and Eastern development parcels on which around 1,500 homes will be built, including 30% affordable housing, constructed over a 10 year construction period, in addition to improvements to the racing, hospitality, conference and events facilities.
Speaking to Premier Construction Magazine about the project, Daniel Pavely, Project Manager for David Wilson Homes Southern said:
“I consider myself fortunate to have been able to lead this exceptionally high profile major development with a fantastic team. However, it has presented us with a number of unique obstacles along the way with its significant scale and challenges of implementation alongside an operating racecourse.
“The project has seen the modernisation of areas of the racecourse facilities and the creation of a new residential community located directly alongside the race track. To make way for the projects redevelopment many of the racecourse services needed to be relocated allowing for the construction of the new homes, as well as the construction of a new bridge over the intercity railway line, multiple service diversions, improvements to the racing course stables and estate buildings and new parking amenities.”
To date the majority of the Racecourse enabling works have been completed, as well as the first residential phase of the projects Western phase. The second residential phase commenced in 2015 and is known as the Central Area Apartments which comprises of 366 new homes built over ten separate executive apartment blocks, all located within a shared courtyard environment.
Daniel added: “This is a significant construction project which we have implemented in conjunction with our main contracting partner, Midgard. The completion of these apartments is scheduled for summer 2018. The site is within easy walking distance of the existing town centre and the facilities are very good for residents.”
This part of the scheme is partially occupied and with the majority of the high rise elements of the build now advanced, the trackside blocks have transformed the skyline and complement the adjoining grandstand buildings, signifying a key stage in the projects delivery.
“We are delighted with what Midgard have achieved on this phase of the project and are pleased that we have been able to develop a successful working partnership in constructing these exceptional homes, which have been endorsed nationally by the NHBC on two consecutive years,” said Daniel.
“The feedback from residents has been exceptional, the customer endorsements are exactly what we set out to provide and we are delighted to receive such positive feedback from residents who absolutely love the living lifestyle, especially with the close connection to the racecourse and other neighbouring amenities.”
The final residential phase at the development is the Eastern Residential parcel. Construction of these homes is currently underway, which are proceeding to schedule and are receiving exceptionally high interest due to their unique setting and track views alongside the Racecourse.
Daniel concluded: “For me, the project has been a significant challenge and a development that I am proud to have been involved with, especially with its grand scale and diverse nature with racing. Overall it is proving to be a great project which I have thoroughly enjoyed and has provided me with a fantastic opportunity to be involved from the early stages of the projects inception, planning, through to construction and handover to purchasers, which is quite unique and very pleasing.”
Environmental Street Furniture (ESF)
Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) is a global designer and supplier of street furniture and site furnishing products. Offering a comprehensive product range, coupled with the ability to offer bespoke customised products, sets ESF aside from the competition.
ESF operates in three distinct product areas, and while differing in many aspects, they allow for overlaps and introduction of new innovation into each sector. These areas including: (1) Generic street furniture with the ability to customise; (2) solar powered outdoor furniture offering LED lighting, mobile / cell phone charging and WIFI; and (3) themed furniture utilising brands, IP and sponsors to achieve a truly immersive creative experience for theme parks and attractions globally.
ESF has been operating since 1988 and under its current management since 2012. Past projects have included street furniture for the V&A Museum, Canary Wharf and Lords Cricket Ground, as well as solar products and lighting for Astana 2017 Future Energy Expo in Kazakhstan.
For the New Dyson Factory in Malmsbury, ESF supplied a complete suite of outdoor furnishings; for the European Games in Baku Azerbaijan ESF supplied solar products; and for IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai – currently the world’s largest indoor theme park – ESF customised bins and benches. Most recently, ESF was involved in the design and supply of all the customised planters, timber benches and stainless steel bollards for the Newbury Racecourse project.
Environmental Street Furniture Ltd CEO / Managing Director, Alan Lowry, said: “The ESF name in synonymous with quality and customer service and well known projects like this allows us to showcase our ability to react and perform to customers and clients exacting needs, whether they be for standard or customised products.”