Derbyshire based Evans Concrete Products has picked up a £1.6m contract from Kier to design, supply and install bespoke precast concrete structures for the new grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse.
As previously reported, Kier starts work on the £45m project next week, as soon as this week’s festival is over.
Evans will produce and install a special steel and precast concrete hybrid, which will be used to build the crescent walkway and horse walk bridge, creating a parade ring viewing area, along with precast concrete balcony walkways and grandstand terracing.
Each deck slab on the crescent walkway and horse walk bridge will weigh 21 tonnes. These are in addition to the balcony walkway units which measure 8x2m long, 325mm thick and weigh 12.7 tonnes.
“We are delighted to be working with Kier, and proud to be able to showcase our skills at one of the most visited locations in the country,” said Evans managing director Chris Foster. “Although it is a very challenging design, using bespoke, architectural precast concrete and combining it with traditional steel structures, we are eager to get going and really make the project our own.”
The project is expected to take roughly 22 months, with the first design aspects to be ready for June 2014, and the installation to begin in July 2014.