Damon Hill, Stirling Moss, Jenson Button and Nigel Mansell were at the official launch of the Populous-designed Pit and Paddock at Silverstone motor-racing circuit
The building is the centerpiece of developments that will see Formula 1 stay at Silverstone for years to come, after an uncertain past for the circuit that hosted the first Grand Prix in 1948.
The £60 million building has a ‘dramatic’ roof line, pitching and rising along its 400m length, before kicking up towards the sky over the new commentary boxes.
This creates ‘a variety of unique spaces within, which will provide some 2000m². of conference, media and hospitality suites’.
These sit above 41 new pits, which will play host to Formula 1, MotoGP and Le Mans races, amongst others, this summer.
John Barrow, senior principal of Populous said: ‘This new striking pit and paddock design not only reflects the speed and excitement in racing itself, but it has already become a pioneering landmark and a bespoke symbol of Silverstone.
‘The building’s dramatic, continually changing roof line responds to the speed and tension inherent in racing itself - its end point at the new circuit’s final corner, reaches towards the skies.’
Populous was also involved in the circuit redevelopment, which allowed the MotoGP races to come to Silverstone and was completed last year.
Barrow concluded, “We are very proud to have improved one of the greatest circuits in the world and the home of British motorsport.’