GL events has created a new grandstand at Hickstead Showground equestrian venue in the UK as part of its continued redevelopment. Hickstead Showground, the brain child of Douglas Bunn and now run by his family, remains one of the premier equestrian venues in the world. Almost every great show jumper, horse and rider, has competed at Hickstead since it first opened in 1960.
In 2010, the course celebrated its 50th anniversary as the home of international showjumping in Great Britain. Since then it has undergone US$1.6m of refurbishment works, including the complete renovation of the famed International Arena.
Principally known for its showjumping activities, the venue has more recently expanded its operations to include other equestrian sports including dressage and arena polo, as well as hosting functions and conferences all year round.
As part of this refurbishment and expansion program, Hickstead invested in a new grandstand and is looking to utilize the venue for other entertainment activities including the Boomerang two-day music festival.
Hickstead hosted Boomerang – a brand new music event – on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, featuring music from artists including Simple Minds, Jessie J and The Vamps, as well as hosting gourmet pop-up restaurants, street food and alternative entertainment.
“The old grandstand was 44 years old and had reached the end of its shelf life,” explains Chris Mansell, operations director for GL events – seating and stadia. “It needed major work to keep it safe and conform to modern safety standards, but it was beyond economic repair.
“The new grandstand is a similar size but much more modern and with proper seating. Plus, unlike the old one, it meets all the current health and safety regulations. The view of the course will be identical as it’s the same height and will sit on the same footprint.”
September 17, 2015