THE NEW main entrance at Warwick Racecourse was unveiled on one of its biggest racedays of the year.
Racegoers attending The Gentleman’s Raceday on Saturday enjoyed a warmer welcome as the first to officially go through the improved turnstiles.
The new-look entrance fronted by a public plaza at The Jockey Club racecourse was opened by Warwick mayor Stephen Cross.
He was joined by racecourse general manager Andre Klein, chairman Andy Clark, and Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development, the principal contractor on the project.
The redevelopment, featuring a timber-clad entrance wall and canopy over new turnstiles, provides the racecourse with an improved entrance, and the public with an open landscaped area with seating that can be used all-year round.
The scheme also marks the first step of the St Mary’s Lands Masterplan to improve the common land which is home to the racecourse and other community assets.
Mr Klein said: “The new entrance has been my number one priority since arriving at Warwick Racecourse.
“It provides a much more welcoming approach to our great racecourse and will hopefully encourage more people to come racing and experience a day at our track. The operational improvements are significant as well.
“This investment by The Jockey Club reflects a determination to set the course on a pathway to a prosperous future, and comes off the back of our increased attendances and our improving racing surface.
“It is part of a wider scheme to improve the gateway to St Mary’s Land which is a vitally important asset to Warwick.”
It follows the unveiling in September of The Coronation Club, a new membership lounge, for which Wigley Building and Development, was also principal contractor.
The next fixture at Warwick Racecourse will be the Budbrooke Chase Family Fun Day on Friday February 23.
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