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Welcome to the thrilling world of Ascot Racecourse, where elegance, excitement, and unforgettable horse racing moments collide! Today, we take you on a journey through time, uncovering a small piece of the rich history of Ascot and shedding light on an incredible transformation owing to SPS Technology’s hand in the grandstand redevelopment of Ascot 15 years ago. Saddle up and discover how SPS helped turn Ascot into the epitome of spectator excellence!

Top Hat Hurdles: Overcoming Ascot’s Fashionable Obstacle

Ascot, a legacy of elegance and horse racing in the picturesque Berkshire countryside, boasts a storied history that dates back over 300 years. From its humble beginnings in 1711 to becoming a global icon of horseracing, Ascot has continuously evolved, captivating spectators with its regal atmosphere and heart-pounding races.

In the early days of Ascot’s existence, an unforeseen challenge emerged: top hats! As the fashion of the times, these tall headpieces became increasingly popular among racegoers. However, their height posed a unique problem: obstructing the view of those seated behind. The racecourse needed to ensure everyone could witness the exhilarating races without compromising their fashion choices.

Fast forward to the 21st century and recognising the need for a modern racecourse with modern spectators, Ascot Racecourse underwent a major renovation with the goal of becoming the best racecourse in the world.  Completed in 2006, there was one flaw in what is an excellent design – the rake of the terrace risers didn’t allow for the dress code of Royal Ascot and its top hats.  The team then turned to the expertise of SPS Technology and the architectural versatility of SPS, in what become the first SPS Stadia + Arenas System project in the UK.  Together, the talented teams embarked on an ambitious grandstand terrace redevelopment project that would revolutionise the viewing opportunities at Ascot.

Racing Towards Unobstructed Views

SPS Technology’s grandstand redevelopment at Ascot Racecourse was a true game-changer. Skilfully constructed vantage points, that catered to the tallest of top hats, ensured an unobstructed view for every spectator. Our innovative approach combined engineering prowess with a sound understanding of stadium construction, and the solution was delivered quickly, cleanly and without demolition of the existing concrete terraces.

The detailing of the SPS Stadia + Arenas System and its re-profiling solution has changed significantly over time, but this was a brilliant start to what has become a stadium building industry staple!

Thanks in part to the innovation of SPS, Ascot Racecourse has transformed into an architectural marvel that perfectly marries tradition with modernity. The challenges of top hats are now a thing of the past as spectators revel in unobstructed views of the thrilling horse racing action. Whether you’re a racing enthusiast or simply appreciate exceptional stadium construction, Ascot promises an unforgettable experience that captivates you.

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