Renderings of new pit building for Montreal F1 track revealed
The Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau of Montréal has released the first renders of what will be the new paddock building of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, home of the Canadian Grand Prix.
As part of the renewal of the agreement to stage Canada's Formula 1 race from 2015 to 2029, the Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau (SPJD) made the commitment to renovate and expand the infrastructures.
The new building will meet the standards required by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and the Formula One World Championship (FOWC), while increasing the capacity of the hospitality boxes above the garages to 5,000 people – up from the current capacity of 1,800.
The building will be equipped, among other things, with a freight elevator, which can be used to bring cars or heavy furniture to each of the levels of the building. It will also have a glassed-in elevator for the clientele.
The new paddocks will be set up on three storeys, divided in the following manner:
1st story: F1 team garages, control tower and offices for the staff
2nd story: Hospitality boxes, control tower, podium and media areas
3rd story: Hospitality boxes and terrace
The project will require an investment of $48 million, $30 million of which will come from the City of Montreal and $18 million from the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT).
Here are the main deadlines to be met:
December 14, 2017: Start of the call for tender process
March 2018: Awarding the contract
June 2018: Canadian F1 Grand Prix
July 2018: Start of the construction work
April 2019: End of the construction work
June 2019: Canadian F1 Grand Prix
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