Curragh redevelopment going to schedule
November 20, 2017
The redevelopment of the Curragh is on schedule and significant progress has been made on the busy construction site which will have over 300 employed on site at it’s peak.
The redevelopment will create a world-class stadium that has been benchmarked against the best racecourses and sporting venues in the world and will ensure that everyone connected with the racing industry from owners, trainers, jockeys stable staff and the public will have modern, state-of-the-art facilities.
Kildare County Council CEO Peter Carey, who visited the site recently, gave a strong commitment that Kildare County Council will continue to fully support the exciting project.
“I am very impressed by the progress to date and the completed development will provide a significant boost to the County, while it is already having a positive impact on the local economy with many Kildare businesses already benefiting from additional revenue generated by the project, “ said Carey, “ I am confident that the new Curragh will ensure the racecourse becomes one of the finest in the world making the county truly proud of it’s horse racing roots and revitalising the venue not only as an iconic sporting amenity, but also as a vibrant and exciting multi purpose venue which will be used for a variety of activities and events”
The construction of the new Curragh Racecourse facility is being carried out by global and nationally renowned contractor John Sisk and Sons who commenced the project in September. Newly designed facilities will provide a state of the art venue to provide future growth opportunities for the Curragh and provide a flexible venue space that can be utilised for both racing and non-race day events.
Newbridge based Murphy International are also on site completing the relocation of the Viewing Room which was first build in the 1850s to commemorate the proposed visit of Queen Victoria, while Purcell Construction are working on the new building and refurbishment of the Stable Yard which is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2018 racing season in May
Derek McGrath CEO of the Curragh commented: “I am delighted to say that all is going according to plan and our project team are working extremely well with our contractors. The tremendous support of Kildare County Council and our various stakeholders and investors has ensured the project continues to prosper. Anyone driving past the Curragh will see the landscape regularly changing as the development evolves and the new grandstand rises from the earth.”