september 22

Jockey Club's plans for 'Gallop in the sky’ - approved


Bidwells is advising Jockey Club Estates Ltd on its unique and exciting plans for a new uphill ‘Gallop in the sky’.

The £10m project near Southfield Farm, Newmarket will be built for trainers based on the Hamilton Road side of the town. It will be a 905m long artificial gallop which will emulate the iconic Warren Hill on the Bury side of the town. The gallop will start in cutting in the ground and then onto the 450m long ‘bridge’ elevating onto an embankment climbing 30m to the top.

Bidwells has a very long and close relationship working for Jockey Club Estates Ltd, over many decades and has been an important and integral part of the project team from early inception of the gallop by the client. It will be an enormous engineering undertaking. The land beneath the gallop is chalk which brings with it drainage and structural issues. The project is of a scale and significance to warrant Environmental Impact Assessment which involves mitigation for ecology, trees, archaeology and ground investigations. The landscape impact needed to be evaluated and assimilated. The consultation process with key stakeholders is comprehensive. Bidwells provides the structural, environmental, master planning, landscape design and planning advice to take the project through planning and to construction. The planning application has now been approved at Forest Heath District Council’s Planning Committee on 6 September 2017.

In its 350th anniversary of racing in Newmarket and Jockey Club Estates has ambitions for British Racing to continue to compete and enhance its status on the world stage in the 21st century. The proposed gallop is a big part of this mission. Bidwells wants to share in this vision and help deliver the results. Subject to planning and finance the gallop will hopefully be ready for use by 2020.


Watch the animated fly-through of the proposed Hill Gallop by clicking here.

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