The new season at Warwick Racecourse was crowned with the unveiling of The Coronation Club.
Warwickshire trainer Dan Skelton, who is an ambassador of Warwick Racecourse, officially opened the new membership lounge ahead of the first race at The Racing UK Grand Season Opener on Tuesday, September 26.
He was joined by Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, and Charlie Brooks, Construction Director of Wigley Building and Development, the principal contractor on the project, Alison Deverill, from Design Difference, who assisted in the interior design, and Andy Clark, Chairman of Warwick Racecourse.
The Coronation Club, which is located on the ground floor close to the Parade Ring, has been created from space that was formerly a tote betting area and will house Warwick Racecourse’s new premium members.
Andre said: “The Coronation Club is our most exclusive membership offering at Warwick Racecourse and proved so popular that it was already sold out for this season ahead of our opening fixture.
“We are delighted with the new facility which enhances our range of membership packages and builds upon our continuing improvements to the race day experience for all visitors.
“The season has got off to a great start and we are looking forward to building on last year when we achieved the biggest like-for-like percentage increase in attendances of any racecourse in the country.”
Wigley Building and Development is the construction arm of The Wigley Group, a leading commercial property company based in Coventry, and specialises in major and minor works primarily in the commercial sector.
Charlie said: “We were delighted to successfully tender for this refurbishment project particularly as Warwick is our local racecourse. It is the first time that we have undertaken work on behalf of The Jockey Club.
“It was great to be invited to join Dan Skelton for the unveiling, especially as we built the new staff accommodation at his yard near Alcester last year.
“It’s fantastic to see The Coronation Club being enjoyed by its members for the first time.”
Eric Palmer – Warwick’s longest serving member – celebrated his 81st birthday by joining the official party along with Gerry Corum, another Warwick member who recently completed visits to every single racecourse in the UK.
The next fixture at Warwick Racecourse will be the Autumn Meeting on Thursday, October 5. For membership and advanced tickets go to www.warwickracecourse.co.uk