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Alpha Help Transform York Racecourse

Last updated: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - Save & Share

York Racecourse has poured £4m into a redevelopment of the course enclosure to overhaul many of the historic buildings on site.

Main contractor Lindum Construction appointed Alpha Rail to help restore many of the original aesthetics of the enclosure area by manufacturing and installing metal railings and gates in designs typical of the era as part of phase 2 of the transformation.

York Races, established in 1731 and with racing heritage tracing back to Roman times, is one of the premier tracks in Europe and attracts over 360,000 racegoers each year.

It has played host to many spectacular events over the years, including hosting Royal Ascot in 2005 and the  St Leger Festival in 2006, when it was sponsored by Ladbrokes.

Alpha Rail supplied over 200m of 1.45m high balustrade which was installed around the various facilities around and within the course enclosure perimeter.

Part of this included installing vertical bar metal railings with handrails to the upper levels of outdoor hospitality suites to ensure guests are prevented from falling from height. The galvanised railings have been manufactured to incorporate heavy duty backstays to ensure the railings can withstand the load of guests who may lean against them while watching the racing.

On behalf of Lindum Construction, contract surveyor Lester Fisher said “This scheme seeks to address the challenges of the facilities in the infield of the racecourse which generations of families and racegoers have enjoyed for hundreds of years. Alpha Rail has helped to retain many of the original features with the installation of metal railings, which was one of our goals from the outset.”

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