Back in August we reported that work was to commence on the Larkhill Racecourse control tower with support from SVGC’s Strategic Sponsorship. We’re pleased to announce this work is now complete!
The previous control tower was built in 2002 as a wooden structure at the mercy of the elements on Salisbury Plain. In 2020/21 it was apparent that there was an increasing Health and Safety risk, and refurbishment work was essential.
Due to SVGC’s sponsorship Larkhill Racecourse has been able to secure and stabilise the building, replace beams and uprights as required, fit new UPVC windows and doors, renew the ground floor, replace external drainage, add a waterproof membrane and batons, replace the stairs and platform, replace the roof and finish with larch cladding. It’s been an important project, and one that will make a big difference to the site. SVGC’s sponsorship also helped refurbish the kitchen (new cooker, extractor and tiling).
Larkhill Eventing and Racecourse is acknowledged as a significant Community Sporting venue by Wiltshire County Council and the Ministry of Defence and raises funds for various charities, including the ABF (the Soldiers Charity), SSAFA and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. As SVGC was founded by military personnel, we will always retain a link to, and honour the role of the Armed Forces. Our Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award is recognition of this, and we couldn’t be happier to see our funding help develop this valuable service within our local armed forces community.
SVGC Managing Director, Dr Andrew Dixon said:
“As strategic sponsors we’re pleased to see how our support enables new developments and repairs for this valuable service within our local armed forces community.
We recognise the value Larkhill Racecourse brings, providing soldiers greater opportunity to be involved with, and benefit from, everything that horses and the challenge that point-to-point racing has to offer. It’s great to see improvements being made which will ensure that these valuable facilities will remain for many more years to come.”