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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sleek entrance buildings have two floors and full height glass atria.
The £5.7million project has been designed by local architect Pick Everard.
The new Donington Park circuit office. Staff will move in later in the year, once the busy summer racing season is over.
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.
Parking will be provided here. 300 people are expected to be based at the development, many recruited from the local area.
Main contractor Vinci is driving the speedy schedule.
Construction will complete just four months after breaking ground.
This is rather slower around the track than the all-electric Spark-Renault racing cars.
Sporting a fetching orange livery and matching driver outfit, the excavator races to complete the tight construction programme.
No, that’s not wheel spin. It’s dust.
Construction got underway at the beginning of the year, and has progressed steadily through the winter months.
Seen from the side furthest from the main paddock entrance, the rear of the Formula E workshop facilities.
Research and development, engineering and testing will take all place at the facility.
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.
It all starts at Melbourne: the new development is just 100m from the Melbourne Hairpin.
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.
The Formula E technical HQ is great news for Donington and for British engineering and motorsports.
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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