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The complex is the vital first stage in reconfirming Silverstone's position at the pinnacle of the motorsport industry and as the home of motor racing. Under current proposals the Pit and Paddock complex would be moved from its current location between Woodcote and Copse to a new location between Club and Abbey. Included in the complex are new garages, a race control building, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones and a primary paddock. The proposals also involve creating a new pit straight, with reorganised entry and exit points, a reconfiguration of Club Corner and a new Abbey section.

Designed by award winning sport architects HOK, the new complex will ensure that teams and sponsors are provided with world-class facilities to reinstate Silverstone's position as a premier racing destination. This pioneering development will act as a catalyst for further investment across the site and set a high architectural standard for any future developments. It also provides the first stage in making Silverstone more sustainable, with facilities provided in the new building to enable it to plug into a combined heat and power system that is currently being considered for the whole site.

The Pit and Paddock complex is the first proposal in a 10-year programme that will see a new manufacturer test centre, business park, extreme sport and leisure complex, two hotels, a new university campus, a 'Welcome Centre' and some new homes near the circuit. Taken together, the redevelopment will deliver a world-class venue for motorsport, education and high technology development that will ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the motorsport industry and maintains its position as a major regional and national employer.

Damon Hill, President of the BRDC said: "Silverstone is a great track with a great history. These images are the vision of the future for Silverstone, and one we fervently hope will be realised, in order to provide a venue where all forms of motor sport can be celebrated in style, for the benefit of the competitor and spectator alike.

This new facility, and the redevelopment at large, will help attract more business to Northamptonshire and create more jobs for local communities. The British Grand Prix alone contributes over £30 million a year to the local area and it is vital that we do everything we can to maintain this income as well as the UK's world class expertise in high tech engineering and R&D. Also, it should go without saying by now, that in order to retain the British Grand Prix we need a venue of this kind of stature, and the Grand Prix is a key element in the whole project.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited said: "The Pit and Paddock is the first stage in delivering a new mix of facilities at the track that will bring it into the 21st Century. Our intention is to transform Silverstone into a world leading centre for education, business, leisure and technology. This will ensure Silverstone becomes a showcase for British motorsport, rivalling other great sporting venues like Wembley, Wimbledon and Twickenham.

"It is vital that we continue to diversify as a business to make sure that the UK remains at the forefront of the motorsport industry. As the iconic building on the circuit, the new Pit and Paddock complex will confirm our status as a global leader and will be something that everyone in the UK can be proud of."

The release of the images follows a decision by the South Northamptonshire's Economic and Environmental Review and Development Committee to refer the Joint Silverstone Development Brief to a full Council meeting in March. The Development Brief sets out the "Vision for the Circuit" and the principles of sustainable development, which will maximise the social and economic benefits for the local and regional area. It also sets out the land use and infrastructure requirements against which any future planning application has to be assessed. The brief has already been approved by the Council's Cabinet on the 4th February.

Spencer Canning, Development Director at Silverstone said: "Taking the development brief to the full council shows how serious Aylesbury Vale District Council and South Northamptonshire Council are about the redevelopment of Silverstone. We are pleased the councils are taking due care over a project that is so vital to the future of high technology jobs and motorsport in both the local region and the UK as a whole.

"The new Pit and Paddock complex proposals, combined with the adoption of the development brief, will hopefully enable us to accelerate the plans for Silverstone. CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) has been charged with raising funds through the sale of the enabling development sites, which the BRDC currently has approval for, so we can begin with sales almost immediately. This demonstrates the serious intent of the BRDC to maintain Silverstone as a world class venue and, from a development perspective, will open up the opportunity to deliver other elements of the mixed-use masterplan."

A planning submission for the new Pit and Paddock facility is expected to be made in early March 2008.

For rights free images please click on the following link: http://www.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=100785

For further information please contact:
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Spencer Canning: 01635 552210

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Dan Leach, Jardine International: 020 8607 3900

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George Farquhar: 020 7269 7213 / 07809 496 454
Sebastian Hanley: 020 7269 7357
http://www.silverstone.co.uk/php/ne_overview_040308.html

The plans will see the pits & paddock moved, to the straight between Club and Abbey corners, with the pitlane and paddock complex on the infield, and a new grandstand on the opposite side of the track. Seems that the original pit lane and paddock may remain intact to give the circuit a more flexibility over race weekends.

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What form the new grandstands will take is unclear as to whether they will be temporary or permanent structures.
 

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OH NOOOO!! They are getting rid of bridge? that is a great corner!

I welcome redevelopment at Silverstone but the actual track is brilliant as it is, no need to change it.
 

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OH NOOOO!! They are getting rid of bridge? that is a great corner!

I welcome redevelopment at Silverstone but the actual track is brilliant as it is, no need to change it.
That was my first reaction to be honest, but I didn't think that the drivers don't actually find bridge much of a challenge anymore. It's certainly not much cop for spectators.

Looking at that plan, it does look like they're planning to keep the old pitlane, grandstands and track structure intact, so you may still see Bridge in use for other events.

To compensate, I can see at least 2 new overtaking opportunities on the new layout. The end of the new pit straight at Farm, and turn 3 (as it will become) at Ireland. Nice tight bends after a longish straights. I'd quite like to see them site a grandstand at that turn 1, I bet there will be chaos on lap 1 going into there!
 

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The massive downforce the cars have now has made Bridge a pretty easy corner now, still good fun on the F1 games though.
 

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The massive downforce the cars have now has made Bridge a pretty easy corner now, still good fun on the F1 games though.
It is good fun on the games. :)

I thought downforce is too be limited though for the future. Wouldnt it be more difficult then? perhaps not limited enough...
 

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Just to give an idea of how urgent things are, here are some pictuires of the Luffiled B Grandstand from 2005.

Now, I should point out that Luffield's grandstands were updated for 2006. But there are still 2 grandstands like this at Woodcote corner, and at the Beckets Esses.

The newer stands, are still temporary affairs, made of scaffolding. But they ha a much steeper gradient, a canvas roof so you don't cook in the heat, and less intrusive roof supports.




The dude who was stood up in the last image, had several beer cans thrown at his head before he finally sat down. ****.

By comparrison, here's one taken during the 2006 weekend. Here I was taking a photo of the crowdswho'd gathered to watch the england v macedonia match in the World Cup. The newer but still temporary grandstands on Copse corner are in the background.



I don't have any specific grandstand pictures, because that's not what I went for!!
 

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"The Hamilton Effect" Bringing new investors on board!

New bid to secure British GP future
Thursday, 05, July, 2007, 10:40


Two UK businessmen have submitted a joint venture proposal to Silverstone owner the British Racing Drivers' Club in the hope of securing the British Grand Prix's future.

Bill Archer, the founder and former chairman of the Focus/Wickes DIY chain, and entrepreneur Mike Rockall, whose interests include the Whittlebury Hall spa resort near Silverstone, are behind the bid.

They have proposed a partnership with the BRDC, and have pledged to do the following:

"Ensure immediate funds are available for essential improvements to Silverstone and its facilities.

"Provide the British Grand Prix with a new promoter, relieving the BRDC of the significantly increasing cost of underwriting the event.

"Protect the future financial independence and member benefits of the BRDC."

Silverstone's current contract to host the British GP expires after 2009.
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Hopefully this should get moving quickly if the BRDC accept the offer!!
 

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A reminder of how the British Grand Prix looked when it was held at Aintree, on the city border of Liverpool:

http://www.aintree.org.uk/

Aintree: Former home of the British Grand Prix: 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1962.

Fangio and Moss discuss tactics before the start of the '55 GP with the legendary Team Manager, Alfred Neubauer organising the Mercedes mechanics.





Start of the 1961 British Grand Prix won by Count Wolfgang (Taffy) von Trips - Ferrari 156 (3rd Ferrari - white helmet far right).


 

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Silverstone plan gets green light

A £25m redevelopment of Silverstone, which could help secure the British Grand Prix's future, has been approved...
25 million is that all not alot really considering silverstone need a hell of alot of work doing to it,that aint gonna do much unless they cut a hell of alot of corners lol.I say dump silverstone and go to brands hatch
 

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Silverstone development plans boosted Tuesday, 05, February, 2008, 17:29


Silverstone’s redevelopment plans have been given a boost after local council chiefs adopted the circuit’s development brief.

The document includes the Northamptonshire venue’s ‘Vision for the Circuit’, which includes details of a planned major development programme which it says is vital to ensuring it retains the British Grand Prix after 2009.

On Monday, South Northamptonshire council’s cabinet committee became the second local authority to adopt the blueprint, after it was previously adopted by Aylesbury Vale district council.

The brief sets out plans for sustainable development of the circuit and surrounding areas.

Plans include the building of a new pit and paddock complex, a manufacturer test centre, business park, extreme sport and leisure complex, two hotels, a university campus, a ‘Welcome Centre’ and some new homes near the circuit.
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Be interesting to see the more detailed plans once they appear. It really is about time that they got a move on with this!!!
 

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ITV F1 carrying a bit more detail on the same story. No other images though!

Silverstone has released computer-generated images of its plans for a new pit and paddock complex.

The British Grand Prix venue's facilities have come in for repeated criticism from Bernie Ecclestone in recent years, but circuit owner the British Racing Drivers' Club is confident that its upgrades will bring the track up to scratch.

Under the proposals, the pits will move from their current location between Woodcote and Copse, to the straight between Club corner and the Abbey chicane, both of which will be reprofiled as part of the redevelopment.

"Silverstone is a great track with a great history," said BRDC president and former world champion Damon Hill.

"These images are the vision of the future for Silverstone, and one we fervently hope will be realised, in order to provide a venue where all forms of motorsport can be celebrated in style, for the benefit of the competitor and spectator alike."

The new pits are just the start of a ten-year plan that also includes new business, leisure and educational facilities in the circuit's grounds.
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The design looks a mess. Disappointing....
 
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