Foundation stone laid at new Longchamp racecourse

With trowel in hand, on Monday Edouard de Rothschild, President of ‘France Galop’, placed the first stone of the new Longchamp racecourse, which will now be closed until September 2017.

“Longchamp is the flagship racecourse gallop in France. Opened in 1857, it was renovated in 1966 but with time, it became essential especially to redo the stands,” he said.

“The idea is to make an aesthetic place where there will be various activities other than shopping,” he added. To attend this symbolic laying of the foundation stone of the stands that will be topped with a transparent panoramic glass building.

As you’d expect, a lot of detail has gone into the planning to minimize the impact on the environment. Recovered and recycled materials, including 30,000 m3 of concrete are being used throughout the structure.

The capacity will be greatly increased with the construction of five new buildings that will accommodate up to 70,000 people. Closed since 5 October for two years of work, the Longchamp racecourse auctioned various pieces of furniture and objects dating from 1960 to 2015, totaling some €137,000.

In 2011, the budget for rebuilding was estimated at about €80 million. Now the bill is punchier and is expected to exceed 130 million euros.