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Donington Park is due to open its doors to Formula E in May, with a new development set to become the global technical headquarters of the all-electric motorsport. Current E was granted unprecedented access to the site, seen here in clearly in its entirety for the first time.

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The 6,000sq m development is being built in the Western Paddock area, just a short distance from the paddock entrance and the track itself. The circuit is located in the East Midlands, UK.

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Seen from the Melbourne hairpin, FEH operations and administration staff will occupy the glass-fronted building on the left; Donington Park staff will move in to the building on the right.

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Beyond the two glass-fronted structures are six structures. Five are divided in two to provide workshops and offices for all of 10 Formula E teams; the sixth will be let to other businesses.

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Arranged around a courtyard-like square central area, the steel-framed structures will offer each team 325sq m to house its Spark-Renault racing cars and the technical staff needed to look after them.

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The sleek entrance buildings have two floors and full height glass atria.

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The £5.7million project has been designed by local architect Pick Everard.

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The new Donington Park circuit office. Staff will move in later in the year, once the busy summer racing season is over.

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The rear of the building shows the first floor offices. The facility is expected to reach ‘Very Good’ under the UK’s BREEAM sustainable buildings assessment code.

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Parking will be provided here. 300 people are expected to be based at the development, many recruited from the local area.

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Main contractor Vinci is driving the speedy schedule.

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Construction will complete just four months after breaking ground.

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This is rather slower around the track than the all-electric Spark-Renault racing cars.

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Sporting a fetching orange livery and matching driver outfit, the excavator races to complete the tight construction programme.

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Sort of.

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No, that’s not wheel spin. It’s dust.

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Construction got underway at the beginning of the year, and has progressed steadily through the winter months.

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Seen from the side furthest from the main paddock entrance, the rear of the Formula E workshop facilities.

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Research and development, engineering and testing will take all place at the facility.

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The Formula E teams contesting the maiden season are Drayson, Team China Racing, Andretti Autosport, Dragon Racing, e.dams, Audi Sport ABT, Super Aguri, Mahindra, Virgin and Venturi GP.

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It all starts at Melbourne: the new development is just 100m from the Melbourne Hairpin.

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The DHL logistics base at the East Midlands Airport is right next door to Donington Park, which will help cut the carbon footprint of the sport by rationalising logistics.

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The Formula E technical HQ is great news for Donington and for British engineering and motorsports.

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It offers the region the opportunity to become a hub of world-leading, motorsports-inspired developments in electric propulsion technology that will directly inform the next generation of electric cars. 

 

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Photography by Shivraj Gohil for Current E. Versions of these images suitable for web or print are available from the Current E photo library for press use. Please contact Ross Ringham for further details (ross.ringham@current-e.com). 

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