Motor Sports Facilities
Architecture, Master Planning
CHALLENGE. Having failed to gain the rights to the F1 Grand Prix in 2008, Silverstone, the traditional home of British motor racing, wanted to upgrade their track and facilities to bring the historic circuit back to its rightful position at the heart of UK motor sport and make it a destination again, for drivers and spectators. The masterplan had several phases, including a 360-metre long pit and paddock building and an upgraded circuit with a new section that would enable Silverstone both to get a circuit licence to host MotoGP and bring the excitement of overtaking back to the track.
INNOVATION. Our specialist team used pioneering software, developed in-house, that allowed the simulation of multiple circuit solutions and testing of variable run-offs and profiles. As a result, a new section was introduced, the approach to which challenges drivers physically and mentally through an amazing high speed, high ‘g’ right and left hand combination, and offers three exciting new overtaking opportunities. Responding to the track’s speed and tension is the dramatic, continually changing roofline of the pit & paddock building. The hospitality areas offer unbeatable views of the circuit while, on non-race days, the space offers commercial and leisure opportunities that make the venue a year-round one.
"'Flight’ and ‘velocity’ were key themes incorporated into the design brief, and the streamlined form of the new building conjures up the impression of speed, dynamic motion and the grace of a bird’s wing in full flight."Richard Phillips / Former Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited
IMPACT. With the addition of 678m of asphalt, the new Silverstone circuit can now boast of being one of the longest and quickest on the MotoGP and Grand Prix calendar.
Together with the new pit & paddock building, it has transformed the venue, using a cohesive visual language, to create a landmark for British and global motorsport. Silverstone is a destination once more.