Visitors to the popular Cartmel Racecourse in Cumbria can now savour the delights of race days and hospitality events from the luxury of a new and purpose-built grandstand. Designed by John Coward Architects of Cartmel, it is a prestigious facility that sees Burlington’s natural stone used extensively to the building’s exterior as well as within its interior environment.

Successfully combining both traditional and modern architectural styles, the predominantly two-storey building - constructed to replace the racecourse’s existing grandstand - features a main roofscape that is finished in Burlington’s Blue/Grey natural slate. Installed by contractors, UK Roofing, 28” – 22” Blue/Grey random width slate from local producer Burlington, adorns the main 22.5° pitch roof of the 1000 capacity grandstand. The same material has also been put to good effect as paving outside the grandstand’s main entrance. For improved slip resistance, the Burlington Blue/Grey stone has been supplied here with a riven finish. Burlington has also supplied further paving in Broughton Moor with a flamed finish for the members terrace at the top of the grandstand.

But it is not only externally where Burlington’s stone comes into its own. John Coward Architects has effectively deployed the use of a number of Burlington’s interior architectural products such as flooring, bar and counter tops and splashbacks - supplied in a variety of colours and finishes - to enhance both the function and form of the grandstand’s internal layout.

Featuring a number of improved facilities such as a 120 seat first floor restaurant and hospitality suite, bar and kitchen, new integrity tower for judges, camera and photo-finish equipment, luxury male and female jockey changing areas and fully equipped Jockey’s hospital, Burlington’s interior products are centred within five key areas of the grandstand’s interior.

The theme of Burlington’s Blue/Grey Kirby stone continues within the foyer where 400 X 400 X 12mm floor tiles in a sanded finish have been combined with 100 X 100mm limestone inserts supplied in the same finish to create a dramatic effect. Also used as flooring within the weighing room is the company’s pale green Elterwater stone. Here, 300mm X random length floor tiles have been supplied and laid with a sanded finish. Flooring contractors for the project were Central Drive Tiles of Blackpool.

Within the hospitality area of the grandstand, visitors to Cartmel are greeted to a curved oak surround bar - created by Sea Horse of Lancaster - that has been cleverly inlaid with a border of modular tiles in Burlington honed silver grey Brandy Crag and Blue/Grey Kirby stone. The same combination of oak and stone follows the curved shape of the bar counter top but this time as flooring.

Burlington stone has also been used to create the enquiry desk counter top. Blue/Grey honed stone is supported by chrome up stands. Finally, the same material has also been installed as a splashback to the vanity units within both the male and female toilet facilities.

In addition to continuing to host an extensive and expanding calendar of horse racing events, Cartmel Racecourse is looking to use the modern and prestigious facilities that the new grandstand boasts to promotes its suitability to both private and business hospitality functions.

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