The Killanin Stand
The new Killanin Stand at Galway occupies a similar footprint to the original with a capacity of 6,000 people, but with vastly improved facilities including a conference and exhibition space that forms part of the main stand. From the start, the project was carefully scheduled so that racing could continue without interruption whilst the works were undertaken.
Galway is known as The People’s Racecourse so it was vital that the design enabled people to flow freely around the different parts of the enclosure. The new stand accurately reflects the courses inclusive philosophy, with unrestricted access to ground and first-floor viewing areas, as well as bar and Tote facilities.
At the western end of the new stand, we felt that there was an opportunity to create a special focus in the building form, to complete the composition and give a defined end to the stand. Internally, this gives the panoramic restaurant that spans two floors, fantastic views over the dip and final bend of the racecourse and with distant views across scenic Galway Bay.
Key to the design of the new stand was the need to maximise the viewing area to the south fronting facing onto the track. Secondary and services spaces are kept to the rear of the building, giving as much flexibility as possible across the entire length of the building.
At ground level there is a crescent-shaped 3,000-person capacity standing terrace providing access to the Tote Hall behind and with views and access to the track. The upper terrace level provides access to a 650 capacity, first floor seated area where spectators can view the racing.
Client: Galway Racecourse Committee | Services: Architecture | Size: Public areas only