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Jockey Club Catering launches new food and drink outlet at Cheltenham Racecourse

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Cheltenham Racecourse and Jockey Club Catering launched the new bar and tapas food outlet, Quevega’s, on Friday 14 November, the first day of The Open (Friday 14 – Sunday 16 November), the second most popular race meeting at the Home of Jump racing.

Named after the mare who won six races in a row at The Festival, from 2009 to 2014, the new outlet is located at the top of the paddock and offers a wide selection of tapas platters, including sustainably-sourced meat, fish, vegetarian and seafood options, alongside an extensive wine list.

The opening of the new space comes as the racecourse reveals the second stage of a GBP£45m redevelopment of the site, including the creation of a new five and a half storey grandstand, set to be completed by March 2016.

This investment also recently saw the opening of the new See You Then bar at The Showcase last month, Friday 17 October. Situated above Quevega’s, the new 22 metre bar is now the longest fixed bar on site. The area will be used as the members-only facility at some of the racecourse’s most prestigious events, including The Festival.

Sophia Brudenell, Communications Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse, said:

We are very excited to introduce the first stages of our redevelopment. Our new facilities will provide racegoers with more choice of food and drink and ensures our guests are able to make the most of their time at Cheltenham.


Nick Campbell, Chief Operations Officer at Jockey Club Catering added:

2014 has been a significant year for Cheltenham Racecourse. The ongoing development to our food and drink offering highlights our commitment to providing the very best facilities.

PanHellenic Architectural Contest of Ideas

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The Municipality of Heraklion and the Heraklion Sport Facility Management, has announced a PanHellenic Architectural Contest of Ideas for the development and renovation of an area of about 47,000sqm near the PanCretan Stadium in Heraklion, Crete, Hellas.


The Contest is an open call, with its main scope being to source new ideas, which are to be proposed to the Municipality of Heraklion, for the expansion of the Multisport Complex of Pancretan Stadium, with new sporting and cultural facilities, open-air parks, and all linked to the city’s main seashore.


Foreign architects are welcome to participate in the Contest in collaboration with Greek colleagues and the Contest provides awards ranging from €4,000 – €9,000.


For more information, please link to the following (NB: the information is in Greek):

National Bowl at Milton Keynes, UK – seeking expressions of interest from developers and partners

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Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) is seeking expressions of interest and indicative offers from developers and end users to improve the use of Milton Keynes bowl, an open-air concert site in the UK.

Stage one of a two stage informal tender process closes 6 September 2013.

The draft Development Brief outlines five options in line with council policy which requires the site to be developed for sporting and leisure uses.

Planning permission for a new HQ for Badminton England has already been granted on the site of the east car park.

Other options include incorporation of the MK Dons Academy, an international team base facility to serve – for example – the Rugby World Cup in 2015, but also with options for alternative leisure and sporting uses, as well as an option including retaining the Bowl as a concert venue.

The Development Brief requires all five options to include The Badminton project, as well as safeguarding some form of cycling facility on (or off) site. Cllr David Hopkins, Cabinet Member responsible, said:

The National Bowl site is a significant asset for Milton Keynes, but at present it is a significantly underused leisure facility.

The infrastructure at the Bowl is outdated and the site is in need of substantial investment to maximise its potential.

We want to work to turn this site into a major leisure and sporting facility for not just Milton Keynes but also for a wider regional, national and international audience.

In phase 1 MKDP is looking to discover the candidates that will proceed to Phase 2. Offers are invited by single bidders or consortiums.

Phase 2 will be a restricted tender to shortlisted candidates. Phase 2 to follow formal adoption of the Development brief, and will include a competitive dialogue. Full details of the process are to be provided to shortlisted candidates.

MKDP’s Development Brief identifies five options

  1. Concerts/events, badminton project, MK cycling, MK Dons first team training and Academy all located on the Bowl
  2. Concerts/events, badminton project, MK Dons first team training and Academy all located on the Bowl.
  3. Concerts/events, badminton project, MK cycling, all located on the Bowl.
  4. Concerts/events and badminton project all located on the Bowl.
  5. No mandatory activities except for the badminton project located on the Bowl.

N.B. The Badminton project site is excluded from the current expression of interest.

The Bowl was developed in the 1970s as a major outdoor entertainment venue, and has a capacity of 65,000. The infrastructure of the Bowl is in need of investment to maximise its potential. Details of tenure, timing, assessment criteria and shortlisting procedure are available from MKDP. Contacts:

Kevin Monkton (Principal Contact)

Milton Keynes Council

Saxon Court

502 Avebury Boulevard

Milton Keynes


Tel: 01908 254691



Charles Macdonald

Milton Keynes Development Partnership

Saxon Court

502 Avebury Boulevard

Milton Keynes


Tel: 01908 253899



Circuit of Wales granted outline planning approval

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A full Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council meeting has decided in favour of the building of a £280 million motorsport circuit near Ebbw Vale. The developer Heads of the Valleys Development Company will now continue to seek public and private finance, having secured a £2 million loan from the Welsh Government. The developer promises a low carbon automotive centre of excellence, the creations of thousands of jobs and £50m annually to the UK economy.

The first phase of this multi-purpose development will be the construction of an international specification motor racing circuit, including hotel, commercial and retail complexes. It will include a 3.5 mile track, Motocross and international karting tracks, and off-road driving facilities. A racing academy will also nurture the finest up-and-coming talent in Wales and the UK.

The developer aims to make the automotive park one of the world’s leading sustainable developments targeting the growth of low-carbon industries and events. It will be a hub for research and development companies who are seeking to push the boundaries in environmental technology and energy solutions.