Royal Randwick Racecourse has an extensive history within Australia’s racing culture for over 150 years. The Australian Turf Club (ATC) had the vision to reinforce the reputation of the Royal Randwick Racecourse as a world-class racing venue and leverage the success of the world’s richest race: The Everest. To support this future, a new multi-purpose two-storey facility was proposed on the current Leger Lawn located at the southern end of the existing QEII Grandstand. The facility is designed to provide increased weather protection and significantly enhance amenity for general admission patrons on race days.
Named after the legendary mare who captivated the racing world, the Winx Stand is a multi-purpose facility including a leading-edge, two-floor Conference and Exhibition Centre in the heart of the prestigious Racecourse. The facility has been designed to provide a covered amenity for general admission patrons on race days, whilst also providing additional facilities for non-race day use. The works also include a level outdoor terrace and balcony space, food and beverage facilities, entry foyer with the back of house facilities, as well as a new link bridge connecting to the QEII Grandstand.
With an internal capacity of up to 7,500 patrons, Winx Stand will be a popular hub for large race events. The entertainment venue will also be a major large-scale function centre for Sydney, boasting a multitude of flexible light-filled spaces that provide seamless indoor and outdoor flow ideal for conferences, galas and parties. The open-air rooftop space will offer breathtaking views toward the Eastern beaches, perfect for conference breakouts or a pre-dinner cocktail party.
Sparks+Partnerns and Taylor were excited to be working on this unique facility which provides patrons with the ultimate race day experience.
Overall, the Winx Stand development is summarised as:
Construction of a two-storey multi-purpose facility with an approximate total 5,043sqm GFA
Level 1 outdoor terrace and balcony space.
Maximum internal capacity for up to 7,500 patrons in Race Day mode.
Food and beverage facilities.
New Link bridge connecting to the QEII Grandstand.
Associated landscaping and planting.
On the 13 July 2020, the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment approved the final plans for the Winx Stand.