Facts & figures on Melbourne’s $128 million Flemington grandstand project
It has recently been announced that shortly after the end of Melbourne’s Cup Carnival, Flemington Racecourse will undertake the construction of a new grandstand which will ensure over 300 construction jobs and provide a first-class experience for the increased number of visitors and tourists within Melbourne's most popular horse racing venue, boosting the local economy.
Designed by Australian architects Bates Smart, the new grandstand will replace the 92-year-old grandstand on site. Incorporating a number of updated features to appeal to modern users. The project will be delivered by development company Multiplex, who have undertaken several iconic projects, such as Australia 108 and the Emirate Towers in Dubai.
Here are our top 10 facts and figures regarding Flemington Racecourse and the project itself:
- The Flemington Racecourse was placed on the National Heritage List in 2006, becoming a historical and cultural tourist venue within Melbourne
- The project has unusually been funded by the Victorian government, Victoria Racing Club (VCR) and gaming company Tabcorp
- The new grandstand will provide full, stunning panoramic views, enabling visitors to view the race track in all its glory
- In 2015 alone, the Carnival provided over $380 million to the State of Victoria
- The new five-level club stand will be the 10th which has been built at the Racecourse since 1865 and will include a rooftop garden on the top floor when completed
- The project will be part of a $135 million transformation plan to ensure the build is functional, incorporating several bars and restaurants
- The VCR have spent over $70 billion to improve the facilities at Flemington Racecourse since 2000.
- Jean Shrimpton famously caused outrage at Flemington Racecourse in 1965 with regards to her outfit which did not strictly conform to the upper-class dress codes of the time.
- The racecourse has its own railway line which is opened specifically for iconic race days, reducing congestion within Melbourne
- The grandstand project is set to complete in 2018, so that it will be ready for the Melbourne Cup Carnival and enable over 120,000 to attend the races.
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UK Construction Week: winners revealed
The inaugural UKCW Construction Awards took place on the UKCW main stage this week at the NEC in Birmingham. The awards celebrate innovation and excellence for a range of large and small contractors architects, clients and suppliers. The winners were announced by architect George Clarke and main media partner Construction Buzz.
Contractor of 2019 - Sir Robert McAlpine
Construction Client of 2019 - Scape Group
Architectural Practice of 2019 - Grimshaw Architects
House Builder of 2019 - Swan Housing
Construction Supplier of 2019 - Ward
Construction Project of 2019 - Royal Opera House
Construction Employer of 2019 - Aylaa Exclusive
Digital Pioneer 2019 - Atkins
Modern Methods of Construction Pioneer 2019 - Mace
Production Innovation Award 2019 - Laing O'Rourke
Sir Robert McAlpine is celebrating its 150th anniversary and has stated: "Our 150th anniversary celebrations have been hard to miss on a number of sites across the country thanks to the presence of specially produced panels incorporated within our hoardings. This milestone year provided the opportunity to honour the vision and hard work of all those who have played their part in our long and successful history.
Nathan Garnett, event director at UK Construction Week, commented:
“We have wanted to host these awards for some time, but this year it was made possible by our industry Role Models who gave us their very honest and forthright views on who should receive these accolades.
“The businesses chosen as winners from a shortlist of more than 60 companies have convinced the toughest of judges – the people who are part of their delivery partners or supply chains, and the people who are inspiring others to join the construction industry.
“So it is great to be able to recognise the excellence we see all around us in this sector, and the businesses who are forging ahead on innovation despite the climate of uncertainty that is affecting construction so badly. They are beacons of light for the whole sector.”
UK Construction Week (UKCW) consists of multiple sections: Build, Building Tech, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials and Timber along with the newly launched Concrete Expo and Grand Designs Live. Next year's event takes place at Birmingham's NEC October 6-8.