Limerick Racecourse, Greenmount Park, Limerick

  • Client: Limerick Race Company
  • Architect: Newenham Mulligan & Associates
  • Value(€ million): 15
  • Value($ million): 21
  • Completion date: 2001
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural, Infrastructure

While the site topography was ideal for unobstructed views across the racetrack, the site posed challenges for the civils works of the project due to a fall of 27.5m across the site and dealing with the requirement for a 12.0m drop over only 70.0m.  Significant cut and fill was required across the site to prepare the ground for the specialist surfaces for this Category 1 racetrack, in addition to all associated roads, 2000 car spaces and substantial drainage infrastructure, including a precast concrete underpass.  The Grandstand is the main feature structure on the site and includes a cantilevered truss roof providing shelter over the spectator terraces.  Other site structures include an entrance building with office and bar facilities and the essential stable facilities, located ideally beside the central parade ring, all completed to the highest of specifications.

Greenmount Racecourse is situated in the south west of Ireland and includes over 400 acres of land, purchased by Greenmount Stud in 1996.  They set an ambitious target for the standard for the new facilities as this was to be the first new racecourse in Ireland in over 50 years and set the standard for all future facilities of its kind in Ireland.  The design team, including PUNCH Consulting Engineers, was appointed in 1997 and after nearly 4 years of planning and development the new facility was opened in 2001.

The development of the racecourse at Greenmount provided the opportunity for Limerick to have one of the best facilities in the country.  The complete racecourse layout was designed from scratch.  This was the first new racecourse in Ireland for over 50 years and it provided the full design team a challenge to achieve the full possibilities that this rare opportunity offered.

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