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Langleys act in development negotiations at York Racecourse

Langleys Solicitors LLP has been instrumental in key negotiations around the first phase of the Northern End Development at York Racecourse.

The York-based law firm has acted for York Racecourse in talks with City of York Council about the variation to the existing racecourse lease to include the extra third of an acre which enabled a reconfiguration of facilities which allowed for the relocation of the new larger pre-parade ring, new saddling boxes and ultimately a new weighing room, next to the existing parade ring.

The first stage of the project is due to be in use for the first time for the start of the York 2014 season at the Dante Festival.

Later phases will include the opening of the new weighing room next year and improvements to the racegoer facilities in the space vacated by the old pre-parade ring.

The project will also better reveal and present the architecture of the Grade II listed building known as the John Carr Grandstand – the first stand of its type in racing, opened in 1754.

Tim Cross, partner and head of commercial property at Langleys, said:

“This is an exciting chapter in the history of York Racecourse and we’re delighted to have supported the Racecourse team in their lease discussions.

“We look forward to providing further support as the Northern End Development progresses.”

York Racecourse was also supported by Tim Craig, partner and head of construction at Langleys who acted on the construction element of the development.

This was the appointment of Lindum York as main contractors to the project with the use of many subcontractors local to the course including York Handmade Brick who made bespoke bricks for the buildings and local master blacksmith Dom Barker who has made the bespoke fretwork and distinctive “barber poles” design for the development.

  Tim’s role also included advising the Racecourse on the procurement process, the negotiation of the building contract and the appointment of a range of consultants involved in the development.

William Derby, chief executive and clerk of the Course at York Racecourse, said:

“The Northern End Development will ensure that the Racecourse continues to be a world-class racing venue, attracting the best horses and riders to York as well as improving the experience for racegoers.

“Langleys have been our long term legal advisors and have continued in their role of providing us with excellent support and advice with this development.”

Tim Cross (left) and William Derby

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