The Randox Grand National 2018 is set to be the biggest yet – and work has now started to get Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse ready for the world’s greatest steeplechase.
Thousands of people will attend the three-day event from Thursday April 12 to Saturday, April 14, and millions worldwide will witness the racing drama on television.
The festival has grown dramatically over recent years and is now much more than a sporting event, with a host of entertainment for visitors who flock to Aintree from across the globe. And as a result the impressive hospitality village at Aintree continues to grow.
Leading structural engineering specialist TRP Consulting is already on site, co-ordinating the construction of the temporary accommodation now taking shape at the iconic racecourse.
TRP Consulting, which is based in Manchester, co-ordinates and supervises the erection of all the temporary structures that make up the large-scale hospitality village that supports the three day meeting and which delivers the world-class entertainment for racegoers.
The TRP team is also responsible for the inspection of all permanent structures and crowd barriers at the racecourse, which will play host to tens of thousands of race fans during the meeting.
The impressive ‘festival zone’ will begin to take shape over the next few weeks. And TRP, which specialises in providing civil, structural and environmental engineering consultancy services, plays a key role.
Its structural engineers have a strong track record of delivery on large complex building works and have widespread expertise in the leisure and hospitality sector. And this is the 17th year that the practice has worked on the event.
TRP Consulting director Geoff Wilks said:
It is amazing how the festival and the village have grown over that time. The meeting continues to grow and develop every year.
The horses and the great race are at the heart of the event but it is now so much more, with a fantastic amount of entertainment and hospitality, which make Aintree such a special place to be over the three days.
We’re on site and the construction work is now underway. Over the next few weeks you will see an amazing transformation of the racecourse.
A lot of hard work goes into the planning and the construction process; it is a complex but well planned, precision operation. It’s always extremely fulfilling to see things take shape as the big day approaches.
TRP has helped successfully deliver leisure and sporting developments across the UK and was part of the project team that delivered the impressive new main stand at Doncaster that has won widespread acclaim since opening in 2007 a part of a £32 million revamp of the racecourse.
It has also been appointed to work on the creation of a new hotel at Doncaster – home of the world’s oldest ‘classic’ horse race.
Construction work on the 154-room Hilton Garden Inn will start early this year and the hotel is scheduled to open next summer.
TRP Consulting’s highly-experienced engineers are also working on the redevelopment of Newbury racecourse.
The company provides a full range of civil, structural and environmental engineering consultancy services – providing a broad knowledge base and promoting a proactive approach to project delivery.
The practice, with its head office in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, was established in November 2000 and has demonstrated the ability to deliver high quality consultancy services on major projects in both the public and private sectors.
It has carried out work on building and design projects for companies and organisations in sectors ranging from advanced manufacturing and aerospace to the health service.