Ian Stark Equestrian Centre
Ian Stark, OBE
Brief and Response
When former Olympic show jumper, Ian Stark OBE and his wife, Jenny, laid out their vision of operating a premier equestrian centre on their farm in the Scottish Borders, GLM initially came on board to ensure compliance with important health and safety regulations namely the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. What started out as a CDM Coordinator appointment for GLM’s Associate Director, Craig Mattocks, quickly developed into a full Employer’s Representative role as we were asked to review and fine tune the initial design proposals and ultimately take over
managing the delivery of the new facility for the client. The client had been operating a riding school at the nearby Dryden Riding Centre for forty years and was eager to expand to a larger, specialist built facility capable of hosting major events and national competitions in addition to the usual riding lessons. Throughout the construction process GLM ensured that the contractor’s design proposals and quality of workmanship met the client's precise requirements whilst adhering to Planning constraints and Building Warrant standards in addition to fulfilling the CDM
Coordinator role. Engaging GLM gave the client cost certainty throughout and assurance that the facility would be delivered to programme. In many places the specification was enhanced by GLM, such as the strengthening of the roof to ensure it could support future installation of PV panels. This 60 x 35 metre, state of the art riding school has been in operation since November 2013. Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre is now home to over 40 horses and ponies and hosts lessons 7 days a week for the general public and the Riding for the Disabled Association.