A good start from Alto Towers

By Maria Hadlow06 May 2008

Alto Towers has provided the home of the Grand National with a new starter's rostrum and a new winne

Alto Towers has provided the home of the Grand National with a new starter's rostrum and a new winner's podium.

Alto Towers, UK manufacturers of aluminium access towers and platforms, won the contract to provide a new starter's rostrum and winners podium at Aintree Racecourse, home of the Grand National steeplechase.

The starter's rostrum is a lightweight, stable and sturdy platform that provides a safe environment from which to start the races regardless of weather conditions. The platform is 2.7 m high and is reached using built-in raked steps with heavy duty, non slip aluminium treadplates. The platform has a non-slip phenolic-coated floor and sturdy aluminium handrails, uprights and crossrails. A special mounting bracket allows the starter button to be operated from a concealed position.

Wheels at two corners and an integral towbar enable the rostrum to be towed to different starting positions for each race and easily moved into position by hand. The standard corrosion-proof finish means it can be stored outside without tarnishing.

The winner's podium has also been upgraded. At 6 m high, it is double the height of the old podium providing the world's media with a better view.

Andrew Tulloch, clerk of the course and director of racing at Aintree, said "Alto Towers has designed a cost effective, stylish and long lasting solution that will meet our requirements both now and in the future as well as complying with all Health and Safety standards. Being aluminium, it will also be recyclable and have a high residual value when the time comes to upgrade the system."

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