Construction of the new multipurpose building at the historic York racecourse is underway and ahead of schedule.

Chairman of York Racing Inc, Pat Flynn, said levelling and compacting of the site and installation of below-floor plumbing was progressing well. The concrete pad should be down in three weeks and the framework up ready for roofing by the end of May. "It is very satisfying to see things moving forward after so many setbacks," he said.

"The new building will house new administration, change rooms and rest area for licensed personnel  as well as an area catering for the public  with bar, kitchen, toilets and betting facilities. "Most of the work is being done by contractors from York or Northam," Mr Flynn said.

We have rebuilt  about 500 metres of the bend at the west end of the racetrack to produce a more even camber ready for new turf. The upgrade was to improve the safety of horses and riders to meet industry standards, he said.

An area west of the Smyth Pavilion has been cleared for public parking with access from Eighth and Carter Roads near the caravan park. In future, the access across the railway line off Spencers Brook Road will be for racing industry personnel only. "We hope the $1.3million project will be finished and everything ready for our first race meeting on September 4," Mr Flynn said.

ABOVE: The site for the new building at the York racecourse where levelling and compacting is complete and installation of below-floor plumbing is well under way.