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Ascot remedial work gets underway


REMEDIAL WORK being carried out to Ascot racecourse's new grandstand will be open to public scrutiny for the first time this weekend since contractors moved onto site before Christmas.

The rst races of the year take place this Saturday in the midst of £10M of improvement works aimed at eliminating problems that emerged following a £185M rebuild.

Contractor McArdle is reprofiling the lawn, steppings and seating areas in front of the grandstand after racegoers had complained of poor sightlines.

A steel-polymer composite decking will be placed on top of the concrete steppings and seating areas to elevate them and increase their rake.

The Sandwich Plate System developed by Canada's Intelligent Engineering sandwiches 30mm of polyurethane between 6mm steel plates. This creates a relatively slender, very light, but extremely stiff deck plate. Other improvements include regrading lawns, erection of a 2,000-seat temporary stand and extra catering facilities.

Stanhope director Peter Rogers is overseeing the project, which is due to be completed by May.

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