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GLASS ACT: Plans for a new-look Ascot racecourse were launched last week, including a new race stand and a glass clad atrium. The atrium, designed to improve crowd circulation around the course and views of the horses, will have a fabric domed roof supported by a series of tubular steel columns designed to resemble trees. It is the centrepiece of the £180M plans designed by HOK Sport and Buro Happold now awaiting planning permission. The plans also include racetrack realignment, hotel construction and the rebuilding of the racehorse parade ground. Construction is due to begin in 2004.

Contractor is HOK Sport.

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