based Civil Engineers and Sports Surface Contractors, Grimshaw Group have helped get the Cheltenham Racecourse ready for the Festival again this year.
Grimshaw first worked at in the 1970’s with works including the construction of the reservoir to provide water for the irrigation of the course. This allows for millions of litres of water to be pumped when necessary to help keep the going just right.
For the Showcase meeting in October 2009, after five weeks without rain and temperatures up to 24 degrees, 16 million gallons of water were needed just to reach to a race-able standard.
There have been very few occasions when the Gold Cup Festival has been cancelled, frost in 1931, flooding in 1937, 1943-44 due to World War II and more recently in 2001 because of foot and mouth disease.
Aside from the more usual drainage works, site cleaning and sweeping, resurfacing and car park construction, Grimshaw has also demolished old stands, widened the course and Best Mate enclosure, constructed wheel wash facilities for foot and mouth and even the designed a giant mobile heater to thaw the course!
Russell Grimshaw, Managing Director said,
“We are proud to have such a long standing working relationship with the racecourse and the Gold Cup, it is always a particularly busy and exciting time for us all.”