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    Kurt Systems (UK) Ltd


    Lambourn, Berkshire



    The Kurtsystem has revolutionised the way young racehorses are prepared for training and is the result of 20 years of research and development into the welfare of the thoroughbred during the essential pre-training stage. The system allows horses to work at varying speeds, from trot to canter, in a closely monitored ‘cabin’ that is lead round a mile long all weather surface. The Kurtsystem removes human error from this vital stage of training and aims to help young horses develop stronger joints, bones and muscles to avoid breakdowns when they begin their full race training.

    Knights Brown was appointed to create the 1.2km oval track, which is covered by a steel frame and roof cladding. A monorail is hung from the steel frame with five horse cabins and an operator’s cabin. This allows ten riderless horses to be exercised right- or left-handed on the six-furlong artificial surface.

    Our works involved a cut and fill operation to moderate the track gradient, which fell from north to south with the track being cut about 2.5 m into the ground at the northernmost curve and sitting on a slight embankment at its southern tip. Excavated material was used to raise the track above ground level at the opposite end. Land drains were laid under the track formation to intercept surface water running into the cutting and discharge it to a soakaway trench.

    All surplus excavated material was reused at the low end of the track to raise the central area to track level. The track formation was stabilised with a proprietary binder material mixed into the subsoil and the track bed was formed using a Type 3 material to facilitate drainage under the equestrian surfacing, which was retained with timber edgings.

    Approximately 400 concrete pad foundations and bolt sets were installed to fix the steel portals supporting the roof and monorail system. As principal contractor, we managed the delivery, installation and commissioning of the monorail system and the operator and horse cabins which were carried out by specialist contractors from the UK and Germany.

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    The team at Knights Brown has done a fantastic job in creating the largest JLR Aftersales Centre in the UK, working alongside GEMCO Sales & Service who fitted out the facility to the highest standard. With 29 service bays in total, Dorset is now future-proofed for servicing the JLR product.

    - Mark Whittam, Group Operations Director (Marketing), Westover Group

    Malcolm & I would like to thank yourself and Guy for working with us and our design team in delivering a superb finished product for FloPlast that we are very proud of and which has been much admired by our customers on site visits.  So far so good, we are finding our operational feet on the site and it all appears to be working well.

    - Bryan Lynch, Floplast

    Knights Brown performed very well on this project in terms of quality, cost and time. The team worked very well as part of an integrated delivery team with the Employer to the benefit of the project

    - Marc Bryan, Portsmouth City Council

    Overall a successful project with good management of the work. Site team asked questions rather than made assumptions which was good. Good communication. Would (and have) recommended Knights Brown for other projects.

    - Chris Clark, Colin Toms & Partners