Sport: Silverstone pit and paddock complex

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Sport The new pit and paddock takes shape between Club Corner and Abbey Taking the chequered flag Silverstone Pit and A pit and paddock complex, containing race team garages and hospitality suites,FACT FILE Paddock complex will be open in time for next year’s British Grand Prix. Martin Cooper reports from Client: Silverstone Holdings Silverstone’s dynamic new structure. Architect: Populous Structural engineer: Swhich evokes thoughts of high competitor facilities being improved. This signpost to the building.”To create the illusion of speed andand the blade also acts as a feature orthe years with alterations to the track’sconfiguration as well as spectator andiIverstone is one of the UK’s mosticonic sporting venues and oneMain contractor:Buckingham GroupMott MacDonaldBarrett Steel Buildingsin form as it rises, falls and flares to mimicto Silverstone keeping its position in the topand the occasional home winner, as last Steelwork contractor: speed racing, chequered flags process must continue as it is seen as vital excitement the paddock’s roof is dynamic Steel tonnage: 1,200t happened in 2008 when Lewis Hamilton tier of world motor racing circuits. movement. The roof is also monolithic, Project value: £28M won the British Grand Prix. Part of this on-going programme is the with no joints, gaining its sleek seamless The former WWII RAF airfield has been construction of a new pit lane and paddock appearance from a liquid applied roofing synonymous with F1 racing since 1948 when complex currently going up between Club material. Silverstone held its first British Grand Prix, Corner and Abbey (two of the circuits The dips and troughs culminate at the an event it has hosted every year since 1987. famous corners). Once complete the starting blade, which is a non-habitable 16.5m long The circuit has continually evolved over grid and finishing line will be moved, from fin-like structure jutting forth at 40 degrees their current position on the other side of from one end of the building. It has been Block one contains the track, to the front of the new structure. constructed from four main steel trusses, mezzanine levels which Housing 41 team garages along the each one assembled on the ground and can be used as VIP areas ground floor, the 360m-long steel framed erected with two 50t capacity cranes. One structure will also accommodate a media crane lifted the truss and held it in position, centre, hospitality suites - with a capacity of while the other crane erected the smaller 4,000 - and a race control box. in-filling sections. The trusses are all 16.5m Taking into account the many functions long and at their widest point they are 2.18m the building will perform, the design concept deep. Overall more than 300 individual hot called for flexibility, while architecturally a rolled steel pieces were used to construct the strong impression of velocity and sleekness fin. was required. Built on a greenfield site and founded on “The roof form takes its lead from pad foundations, the paddock is structurally modern cars with sleek lines and a blade divided into four sectors, all separated by at one end,” says John Rhodes, Associate circulation cores containing stairs and lifts. Principal at Populous. “It depicts excitement, Block one, nearest the blade, has three levels, 22 October 10NSC


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