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Warwick Racecourse

Warwick Racecourse

Refurbishment of the racecourse's corporate hospitality venue and construction of a new main entrance

Project value



The Jockey Club


Roberts Limbrick Architects


Warwickshire County Council (building control)


Six months

Form of procurement  

Design & Build

Form of contract

JCT Design & Build

Completion date


The historic Warwick Racecourse, located in the heart of the town, is among the oldest horse racing locations in the UK.

The Wigley Group was appointed to freshen up the facilities with a two-phase project consisting of corporate hospitality venue and a new main entrance – both of which were agreed to tight deadlines, and posed further challenges due to construction taking place during the race season.

The first phase of works commenced in March 2017 at the end of the spring season and work had to be finished in September 2017 ahead of the first race of the Racing UK Grand Season Opener.

This consisted of a fit-out of a 400 sq ft unit located on the ground floor of the course. It was previously a storage facility but sat vacant and was an under-utilised space, with The Wigley Group turning the site into an exclusive-access venue, with a bar area, and seating, capable of holding 36 guests.

Second-phase works saw The Wigley Group commence work on a demolition and rebuild of the main entrance to the Racecourse. Although the existing entrance was one of two at the Racecourse, it was not being used due to its dilapidated conditions, rendering it an idle space.

The Wigley Group secured planning permission for the demolition and rebuild of a timber-clad entrance wall and canopy with four ticket offices and two turnstile gates. This was coupled with a new landscaped patio with a fenced-off seating area which could be used all-year round.

Both phases were completed on a budget of £350,000 on stringent deadlines as agreed by the client, with work carried out safely around busy foot traffic during race season.