The Curragh Racecourse has opened the doors of its brand new Grimshaw-designed racecourse for the first racing weekend of the season.
The Curragh Racecourse → in County Kildare, Ireland opened its doors 24th – 26th May, 2019 for the Spring Festival with an action-packed weekend of high-calibre horse racing.The new €81 million grandstand and hosting facilities are designed by Grimshaw working with Dublin-based architects Newenham Mulligan & Associates and engineers Aecom to deliver a dramatic scheme that celebrates the history and tradition of the Curragh.
Considered one of the best racecourses in the world, as well as the spiritual home of flat racing in Ireland, the new Curragh grandstand and surrounding facilities have received a fitting tribute to its heritage and spirit.
The redevelopment at Curragh provides racing amenities with an innovative, world-class design that creates a sense of arrival, atmosphere and excitement. Marked out by a soaring linear roof, the new grandstand builds up the anticipation of race day by bringing spectators together in one exemplary viewing terrace that directs attention to the spectacle of jockeys and horses.
Located in the heart of the protected grasslands of the Curragh plains, the racecourse is steeped in history and tradition. Integral to the concept behind the new grandstand and wider masterplan is a celebration of this unique landscape, whilst retaining the intimate and distinctive character of the existing racecourse grounds.