11.11.2019

The Silverstone Experience Opens

The archive of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) is to go on display in a newly-restored Second World War RAF hangar as part of a £20m project to tell the story of Silverstone motor racing circuit.

The Silverstone Experience is now open to the public following a seven-year project supported by HRH Prince Harry and stars from across motor sport, including world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, Formula 1 engineer Ross Brawn and commentator Murray Walker. The charity behind the initiative, Silverstone Heritage Ltd, was awarded a grant of £9.1m by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and is aiming to inspire the next generation of engineers with a schools programme and exhibition revealing the science behind the sport

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Mann Williams have been engaged since inception helping to secure National Lottery Heritage Funding for the project by demonstrating how an existing World War II hangar could be adapted for a modern facility. The building comprises a new steel framed entrance block housing, café, BRDC Archive, offices, Atrium and commercial space. This is linked into the original Hangar via a large steel framed mezzanine containing the start of the exhibition.

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The Hangar is close to 80 years old and was originally conceived as a temporary structure for the War. A back to frame re-working with detailed appraisal and strengthening options were considered early in the project and a simple scheme of welding joints and a new longspan ridge truss proved the most cost effective. The strengthening works has allowed the building to be insulated and re-clad as well as supporting exhibition loads

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We have worked with Cube Design (Architect) and Mather & Co (Visitor attraction designer) to ensure the new works in the Hangar were integrated with both the architecture and exhibition.

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The concept of the Hangar frame being preserved to tell part of the story of Silverstone and being contained in the exhibition has been realised.

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More information or to visit the experience https://silverstone-experience.co.uk/