18 October 2016:
A planning application for a major redevelopment at Galway Racecourse will be submitted in the coming weeks.
The board of Horse Racing Ireland is to contribute €2.1 million towards a €6 million redevelopment of the racecourse in Ballybrit.
The project involves a substantial redevelopment of the enclosure to the north of the parade ring, under the Racecourse Capital Development Scheme.
The existing Tote Ireland building, will also be demolished and replaced with a new structure incorporating a betting hall with bar and food facilities.
The two-storey building will feature a large, open-plan betting hall with capacity for up to 550 racegoers on the ground floor, with Tote Ireland betting counters on three sides and a large betting shop on the fourth side.
Externally, there will be 46 Tote Ireland betting windows, with the majority facing the racetrack.
A modern champagne bar will be positioned on the first floor of the new building with capacity for 450 people.
A sizeable portion of both upstairs and downstairs will be dedicated to new toilet facilities.
Construction of the new building will begin after the 2017 Summer Festival with a launch date head of the 2018 racing festival.
Tender Jan 2017:
Galway Race Committee wish to procure a Contractor to deliver a new Tote building at Galway Racecourse, using the Public Works (PW-CF5) contract. The works are to demolish the existing Tote building (450 sqm) and to replace with new two storey steel-frames building featuring a large central hall space on each floor, Tote windows to 3 elevations at Ground Floor level, and a large bar area with a partially covered balcony at first floor level. The roof will have a saw-tooth profile, and the there will be plant room at roof level.
The building is required to be delivered in a tight timeframe (between the 2017 Galway Races summer festival and the 2018 summer festival), and certainty of delivery is critical.
Total building area (including plant space) is 1,746 sqm).
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