Case Study: Penycoed Riding Centre

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What was your main goal with choosing this new building?

Penycoed has been open since 1971, starting out with only hacking. The outdoor arena was built back in 1993 with a surface of wood chippings, which was replaced with sand and rubber at a later date. Now, Penycoed is a dedicated riding center which does not offer livery. With this, a new riding arena was on the agenda! The new, fully enclosed indoor arena was vital in keeping the lessons running all year round, no matter the weather.

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Tell us a bit more about your business.

Penycoed has been established for over 47 years and offer lessons for RDA Colleges (Riding for the Disabled) and local private schools.

What concerns did you have with the design/planning process?

“We had no issues with design and planning; all customer service was very helpful and they were fast at replying”. The main work which had to be completed first, was five weeks of quarrying out the hard limestone hill outside the stables, before the construction team could begin erecting the 41m x 21m indoor arena.

Were there any specific material or design requirements for the new building?

Penycoed needed high concrete panels due to building up against a hill. They also needed the arena to be fully enclosed for all weather permitted riding.

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How did you find out about Graham Heath Equestrian?

“We heard of Graham Heath Equestrian through word of mouth and are currently putting in for planning permission for an American Barn which we will be using Graham Heath Equestrian for”.

Were you pleased with the outcome?

“We, and the customers, have been extremely happy with the build quality and end result”.

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A few words from Graham Heath Equestrian

Our team always get excited welcoming new customers on board, and due to the nature of Penycoed’s business, the team wanted to get started right away. Graham Heath Equestrian always aim to support customers post-build as best as they can. This is where our marketing team like to put case studies together, just like this one, to showcase the fantastic project and the customer’s who asked us to be a part of it; in this case, Penycoed Riding Centre.

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