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HOK Sport has a second go at Silverstone

HOK Sport has ‘significantly’ revised its plans for the new British Grand Prix facilities at Silverstone after the original proposals (pictured) were branded ‘clumsy’ by CABE.

The practice has responded to a range of comments from the design watchdog last month – in particular to concerns about the roof of the building at the world-famous racetrack in Buckinghamshire which the commission said needed more refinement.

Criticising the initial plans for the pitlane and paddock building which boasted an angular, jagged roofline, CABE said: ‘[We] have reservations about how successfully the aspiration [for a building of international significance] has been translated into the architectural treatment of the roof.

‘We suggest that more refinement of the roof design is needed for it to successfully reflect the technological sophistication associated with the Grand Prix… [and] considered the three-dimensional relationship between the roof as it peels up over the race control element… the least successful aspect of the design.’

HOK Sport said that since the review the ‘design had moved on significantly, especially in relation to the detail’.

A spokesman added: ‘CABE supported the proposal, the architectural aspiration and the clear, intelligent approach to planning, massing and scale.

‘These are obviously the key aspects to get right during the early stages of the project… [but] we are confident the final scheme will be a benchmark facility and a good example of providing architectural content within a extremely tight financial parameter.’

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