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Newcastle Racecourse set for major redevelopment

Arena Racing Company (ARC) has revealed plans for a multimillion pound redevelopment scheme for High Gosforth Park and Newcastle Racecourse.

Following on from the success of previous development work, which included the installation of the Tapeta surface and enhanced racing facilities, ARC anticipate submitting plans for the next stage of development of the High Gosforth Estate to Newcastle City Council in Autumn 2018.

The proposals will further boost the international prestige of the racecourse, create new jobs in hospitality, tourism and construction, and draw thousands of visitors and their spending into the City.

Improvements across the racecourse estate will include a 3,500m2 events centre, alongside significant refurbishment of the public and hospitality areas as well as the racing staff accommodation.

The plans for High Gosforth Park also include the development of high-quality residential accommodation, along with refurbishment to the listed Brandling House and the associated public space to fit in with the heritage of the site. No development is proposed on Gosforth Park Nature Reserve or on the Scout Camp area.

David Williamson, executive director of Newcastle Racecourse, said:

Our plans will complete the transformation of Newcastle Racecourse into a world class sporting venue. 

The development of the racecourse and the wider High Gosforth Park Estate will provide a significant boost to Newcastle’s local economy and help create a number of jobs.

These plans will completely transform the customer experience here at Newcastle, with brand new facilities for racegoers including bars, restaurants and hospitality suites alongside significant upgrades for owners and trainers as well as the accommodation for racing staff.