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Cladding Upgrade for ATC Grandstand
The Australian Turf Club has made a $12 million provision to replace flammable building cladding on the Queen Elizabeth Grandstand in its 2019 annual report to conform with new government regulations, reports smh.com.au. The regulations were revised after the Grenfell Tower fire in London, which killed more than 70 people, that was fuelled by combustible cladding,. "The ATC has been working with the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment on fire safety standards to maintain the safety of participants, members and patrons," an ATC statement read. "Like hundreds of buildings across Sydney, the ATC received a Development Control Fire Safety Order which formalises the process and the works to be completed. Members and users of the building were notified in early September 2019. The ATC has already started implementing the terms of the Order with a number of immediate measures which will assist in the prevention of a fire in the unlikely event of an emergency. ATC will continue working with the NSW Government to complete the required works. The safety of everyone attending Royal Randwick is paramount and these measures are not expected to have an impact on the experience for racegoers." The grandstand is one of 444 building across NSW which are clad with flammable material. The $12 million provision meant a $1.4 million operating surplus become a more than $9 million loss for the club in 2019.