Ascot Racecourse

Turnberry’s long association with Ascot Racecourse dates back to 1998 and the firm continues to act as consultants to the Ascot Authority and the Ascot Racecourse Property Development Board to this day. Over this period, Turnberry has provided both strategic development and town planning advice on the redevelopment and full reconstruction of the racecourse, as well as managing numerous other projects connected with the racecourse estate.

Turnberry was one of the first consultant team appointments, and provided much early stage support including extensive research and benchmarking in working with the client to prepare a brief for the project. Turnberry was then actively involved in the selection and early stage project management of the design team as the initial responses to the brief were developed. Turnberry then led all of the public consultation events and was responsible for the preparation and negotiation of all planning permissions required, facilitating development in what is a predominantly Green Belt and highly sensitively landscape and heritage environment.

Turnberry also took on responsibility for the re-structuring of all the land tenure agreements with both the Crown Estate and a variety of existing occupiers of the racecourse grounds. The company also played a prominent role in the design and implementation of improvements to the racing surface, including the invention and construction of the moveable turf crossing as a means of managing the managing road crossings of the race course.

The redeveloped Ascot Racecourse opened to many plaudits in the summer of 2006. Only 608 days had elapsed since the racecourse closed, with minimal disruption to racing activities and the surrounding community.