Chronicle Live- 24th August 2018
The far reaching plans include a new events centre and refurbishment of hospitality areas and new jobs will follow too
Plans for a multimillion-pound redevelopment of Newcastle Racecourse and High Gosforth Park have been unveiled by its billionaire brother owners.
A host of new jobs are poised to be created at the site following the launch of proposals by Arena Racing Company, the sporting group owned by billionaire entrepreneurs David and Simon Reuben – ranked the 60th wealthiest people in the world in the 2016 Forbes List.
The proposals will further boost the international prestige of the racecourse, create new jobs in hospitality, tourism and construction, and draw thousands of visitors and their spending into the city. Improvements across the racecourse estate will include a 3,500 sqm events centre as well as significant refurbishment of the public and hospitality areas and racing staff accommodation. The plans for High Gosforth Park also include the development of high quality residential accommodation, along with refurbishment to the listed Brandling House and the associated public space to fit in with the heritage of the site. No development is proposed on Gosforth Park Nature Reserve or on the Scout Camp area.
The sweeping changes follow on from the success of development work two years ago, which included the installation of the all-weather track and flood lights which have allowed it to greatly increase the number of meetings it holds each year and to bid for some of the world’s most lucrative races. Arena Racing Company (ARC) anticipates submitting plans for the next stage of development to Newcastle City Council planners this autumn. A public consultation has been launched on the plans, with local residents invited to submit their views. Newcastle Racecourse will host a public exhibition and drop-in session before racing on August 31 between 12pm and 4pm.
David Williamson, executive director of Newcastle Racecourse, said “Our plans will complete the transformation of Newcastle Racecourse into a world class sporting venue. The development of the racecourse and the wider High Gosforth Park Estate will provide a significant boost to Newcastle’s local economy and help create a number of jobs. These plans will completely transform the customer experience here at Newcastle, with brand new facilities for racegoers including bars, restaurants and hospitality suites alongside significant upgrades for owners and trainers as well as the accommodation for racing staff. We very much look forward to hearing people’s views on the plans, and welcome feedback at the exhibition on August 31. We look forward to introducing the public to our plans and hearing their views.”
The consultation will close at 5pm on 14 September. The Reuben Brothers owns Britain’s largest racecourse group ARC which owns and operates 16 turf and all-weather racecourses in the UK. Last year ARC also swooped to buy Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound stadiums from bookmakers William Hill.