Ffos Las, the first national racecourse for over 80 years opens

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Ffos Las Racecourse, Wales' third racecourse and the first national hunt racecourse to be built in the UK in over 80 years, held its first race yesterday, 18 June 2009. Located on a former 600-acre open cast mine in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, the £20m project comprises a one and a half mile National Hunt and flat race-track.

Clarkebond was commissioned as structural and civil engineers for two schemes on the site - the technical buildings; a 5,000mstable block and circulation space, 750mweighing room, 1,000mtwo storey stable staff accommodation and a gatehouse and entrance, and the grandstand which holds up to 1,000 spectators, covered by a 10m clear span cantilevered roof, linking to a 4,000mtwo storey hospitality facility.

The new racecourse is owned by David Walters, chairman of The Walters Group, a south Wales civil engineering group. Future development of the site will create a training base for use by competitors at the London 2012 Olympics.