The primary contractor for the €70 million redevelopment of the Curragh Racecourse has been named as John Sisk & Son Ltd
A new grandstand, incorporating five star corporate facilities, restaurants, bars and superb viewing facilities for the public, is the centre-piece of the project
A museum celebrating the history of horse racing in Ireland will form part of a new arrivals and reception hub.
A new parade ring and weigh room are also to be built.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, in time to launch for the 2019 racing season.
Demolition of the old grandstand and weigh room was completed by Murphy International in June.
The firm is, at present, reconstructing the historic Viewing Stand as a stand-alone feature, which was first built in the 1850s to commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria.
Padraig McManus, Chairman of The Curragh Racecourse Ltd said:
“This is a very exciting time for The Curragh and we would not have been able to progress the development as quickly as we have without our partners and stakeholders including Horse Racing Ireland, Irish Turf Club and the private investors whose generosity, support and commitment to the project has been hugely positive and much appreciated.”
Derek McGrath, CEO of The Curragh Racecourse Ltd commented:
“The appointment of John Sisk & Son is a major milestone for the development project and we look forward to working with them. They share our vision to build a venue that will be the envy of the world, showcasing our sport and allowing us the opportunity to enhance the racing experience for our existing fans, while also ensuring we have the potential to attract a brand new audience and deliver a strong commercial business operation which will stage multiple events throughout the year”
Pictured, left to right: Derek McGrath, CEO Curragh Racecourse Ltd, Paul Hackett, Sisk Regional Managing Director Ireland East, Padraig McManus, Chairman Curragh Racecourse Ltd, Richard Sisk, Director John Sisk & Son, Joe Keeling, Chairman Horse Racing Ireland and Brian Kennedy, Sisk Project Director.