10-year development plan goes ahead at Silverstone circuit
6 February 2008

A 10-year redevlopment plan for Silverstone circuit, home of the British GP, has been given the green light.There has been some doubt in recent years over whether the Formula One championship would continue to visit Silverstone due to poor facilities – mainly the pit and paddock area, as well as problems coping with traffic to and from the event. The redevelopment plan has finally been put into action by the BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club), who own Silverstone Circuits Ltd. Richard Philips, Managing Director of Silverstone circuit, stated that "the development of Silverstone is now being considered with an holistic approach in order to protect and secure Silverstone’s status as a global leader and the home of motor racing.”This 'holistic approach' includes the aim to make Silverstone more sustainable, and beneficial to the community all year round. Consequently, the circuit itself is only one area of development. The new program involves a six million sq ft redevelopment of the entire complex, including the new pit and paddock area, two hotels and a manufacturer test facility. An 'extreme sport and leisure facility' is also in the works, plus a business park and university campus. There are no details on the cost of the program, nor on the role of the new facilities within, but expect to hear more as the plan progresses. More importantly, the famous Silverstone track will remain untouched.

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