York race course Clock Tower Enclosure opens with 10 tensile canopies

This architecturally challenging project to enhance and preserve the integrity of this listed building was completed on time and within budget. The historic Clock Tower Enclosure at York race course opened with 10 new tensile canopies.

One of the most interesting features of these structures are the 10 clear polycarbonate covered oculi in the roof framed by the tensile fabric giving a light playful feel to the project.

This form was particularly chosen as a nod to the race course’s Roman history. “Oculus” from the Latin word eye was used quite extensively in Roman architecture.


A bespoke hyper system for elegant open-air dining preserving views of the course and allowing customers continued enjoyment of the races.

A 240sqm wave-shaped fabric ceiling was designed to create a smooth and undulating surface with atmospheric up-lighters.