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Queens Stand

location: Epsom Racecourse, London

year: 1992

client: United Racecourses Ltd

design: Richard Horden Associates

The Queen’s Stand at Epsom racecourse provided an opportunity to completely reinvent the traditional British racecourse aesthetic of the red-carpeted, curtained and dark ‘betting pub’. It overlooks the finishing line of the course which hosts what is arguably the world’s most famous horse race, the English Derby, held each June. Enjoying a fabulous hilltop location looking out over seven counties, the function of the stand demanded an outward-looking approach.

The design sets up a fluent and powerful relationship between its internal and external functions on all levels. Natural daylight floods the building which with contemporary finishes deliver a completely new light approach – a fresh approach that has proved popular at other new sporting facilities around the UK.