Sandown Racecourse

Springvale, VIC.

This project emerged from the integrated business development plan for both the Caulfield and Sandown Racecourses owned by the Melbourne Racing Club.

It envisaged the capacity to cater for a circa Melbourne Cup day crowd of 100,000 people, so the Sandown Grandstand as built is one of the largest in Australia.

The challenge was to make a smaller crowd more comfortable in its vast spaces.

Bate Design developed an entry forecourt to hide the vast façade and to funnel patrons to a circulation tower with escalators.
Hospitality spaces were improved to focus on the track with the floor area able to act as a function venue greatly increasing the Club’s function business.

Sandown has thus become a much more pleasant place to attend for a race meeting or corporate function.