Goodwood Race course – Sika Liquid Plastics

Goodwood Racecourse, Sussex


Decothane Delta 25

Goodwood Estate Co.

Jones Brothers Roofing Ltd.

Goodwood Racecourse has been home to horseracing since 1802 and is acclaimed as being one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world. Set in 12,000 acres of rolling Sussex Download, it provides an exceptional variety of activities including horse racing, motor racing and golf.

The Problem
The March stand, originally opened by the Queen in 1980, has a striking barrel shaped roof made from pre-cast concrete, which is supported by a reinforced concrete frame and stainless steel tensioning cables. It had however begun to suffer from water ingress and was in need of a solution that was durable, cost effective, quick to apply and, critically, flame-free.

The Solution
Having discounted several options, including felt and other liquid roofing products, Decothane Delta 25 from Sika Liquid Plastics was chosen. The first half of the roof was completed without disruption to the busy schedule of race meetings at Goodwood as the Decothane system was quickly and easily cold-applied directly over the existing roof, eliminating the need for potentially dangerous hot works. The second half of the roof will be refurbished in 2008 with the same Sika Liquid Plastics’ solution.

The Benefits
Decothane Delta 25 is highly elastomeric, which enables it to cope with thermal and substrate movement. Boasting a strong track record, it is also guaranteed to last for at least 25 years before first maintenance is required, even in the most challenging conditions. The contractors completing the project commented, “Quite simply, this would have been an impossible job without Sika Liquid Plastics. They provided superb technical expertise and a high performance product, which enabled us to work within the strict constraints of the project.”