£20m Visitor Experience for Silverstone

Contractors will be shortlisted shortly for a £20m visitor experience at the home of British Motor Sport, Silverstone in Northamptonshire.

Up to 500,000 motor racing enthusiasts a year are expected to visit the Silverstone Heritage Experience when it opens in 2019. Located at the main entrance to the Silverstone Circuit, the centre will house a series of interactive exhibitions and displays.

The Silverstone Heritage Experience will ensure that the heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing is explained and interpreted for today’s public as well as being protected for future generations. It will celebrate the circuit and the country’s position at the very heart of the global motor sport industry by explaining their historic and continuing importance to the sport.

Maintaining a strong link with the past, the new attraction will be housed in the only remaining World War II hangar on the former aerodrome site. Following the grant of lottery funding it will be refurbished and re-clad with a large extension and associated external works to an ‘industrial’ design by Cube Design.

Once a contractor has been appointed, the £9.5m shell-and-core and base-build contract will be undertaken with fit-out works for the project being let as a separate contract.

The state-of-the-art displays will tell the compelling stories of the people that have been part of the site’s history and those who have played an important role in the history of British motor racing. In delivering a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience the Silverstone Heritage Experience will include:

  • – A permanent exhibition that will take visitors on an exciting two hour journey through motor racing past, present and future
  • – The latest technology will be used to tell the stories of the people that have been part of the site’s history, from medieval monks and WW2 air crew to the racing drivers, riders, engineers and marshals of today
  • – A Collections and Research Centre, offering museum and archive accredited storage for the unique British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) archive and other motor sport collections as well as a specialist library and learning space for school groups
  • – A series of themed tours stopping off at iconic sites around the circuit

Bureau Veritas is providing integrated Building Control and Construction Design and Management (CDM) Advisor – formerly CDM Coordinator – services to the project.

In its role as Approved Inspector Bureau Veritas Building Control UK was brought on board at the early design stage – through an ongoing relationship with Cube Design – to provide regulatory and legislative advice. Early involvement included discussions affecting aspects such as fire safety, accessibility and thermal performance requirements.

Bureau Veritas’ experts are also advising the design team to ensure constructability, maintainability and safe use of the new facility.