Cheltenham Race Course

Name: Cheltenham Racecourse Consultancy

Client: The Steeplechase Company (Cheltenham) Ltd

Role: Structural and Safety Consultant

Description: CNM have worked for Cheltenham Racecourse from as early as the 1950's. In the 1990's the firm became closely involved with the temporary demountable structures erected for the National Hunt Festival (Gold Cup) held each year in March, acting as the client's advisers. From this stage CNM progressed to a more direct involvement with the safety issues that affect the racecourse events, such as the annual structural inspection, periodic crush barrier testing and involvement with the racecourse Safety Advisory Group.

CNM have also acted as structural consultants at the racecourse on such projects as the new Catering Offices, also the Horse Sales Ring designed in conjunction with the racecourse architects, Roberts Limbrick of Gloucester.

Cheltenham Town FC

Name: Cheltenham Town FC Consultancy

Client: Cheltenham Town FC

Role: Structural and Safety Consultant

Description: CNM became involved with Cheltenham Town F.C. in 1997 and advised on the upgrade of the Whaddon Road ground to meet Football Conference and later Football League standards.

As part of their design works, CNM acted as lead consultant to the club for the procurement of the new Prestbury Road Covered Standing Terrace, The Wymans Road and Whaddon Road all-seater stands, including new toilet blocks, turnstile and catering facilities. Other works designed by CNM as lead consultant have been the new Hospitality Boxes attached to the rear of the original grandstand and the new elevated Match Control Room. The latter was prefabricated off site in two halves and erected at site on stilts above other buildings.

CNM maintain a close relationship with the Club and carry out the annual structural inspections as required by the Safety Certificate/Football Licensing Authority.

Epsom Racecourse

Name: Epsom Downs Racecourse Consultancy

Location: Epsom, Surrey

Client: Epsom Downs Racecourse

Role: Structural and Safety Consultant

Description: CNM have been employed by Epsom Racecourse from 1992 where the firm initially gave advice on the temporary structures being erected for the famous Epsom Derby Meeting. The consultancy developed into a more involved role when in 1997 CNM carried out an in-depth assessment of the spectator capacities available in the main enclosures. This work resulted in the alteration of some of the original stands where CNM identified bottleneck conditions preventing the free movement of the crowd between races. This exercise was to prove invaluable when in later years further development meant that the racecourse had to plan for a prolonged construction stage for the new Duchess Stand.

CNM were able to advise on crowd capacities over the 3 year period 2007, 2008 and 2009, when this main public stand enclosure saw the demolition of two old grandstands and the erection of the new stand. The construction could not be phased to be completed between Derby meetings meaning that these had to be staged in subsequent years, firstly with no stands, then with the new steppings only available and finally with the new facilities completed.

Bearing in mind CNM's experience with the course and with racecourses in general, the client appointed the firm as an independent consultant to aid their architects, Roberts Limbrick in the detailed planning of the grandstand, steppings, crush barriers and site lines, etc.