MAC successfully completes Britain’s biggest new attraction in Northamptonshire
The Silverstone Experience, a new British motor sport visitor attraction has opened in Silverstone, Northamptonshire.
The £20m facility will be a new hub for motor sport fans serving as a home for the British Racing Drivers’ Club Archive, displaying historic artefacts and collections that will help tell the story of the sport.
Silverstone Heritage Ltd have spent seven years developing the site, which was a former WWII RAF Hangar, through the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
They expect the state-of-the-art facility will be visited by more than 400,000 visitors annually.
The creation of The Silverstone Experience saw the original hangar frame retained & reinforced and the introduction of an independent mezzanine floor & extension building before full re-cladding and re-roofing of the building.
MAC Construction Consultants were appointed to oversee the construction of the museum which includes education, office, retail and a café space.
A key part of the brief was to manage changes in key contracts throughout the project, which was done well, keeping disruption throughout the construction period to a minimum.
CEO Sally Reynolds said: “I’m incredibly proud. It’s been a seven-year project and to finally see it opening is just fantastic.”
She added: “We want to inspire the next generation of engineers and people to work in motorsport. What better way than to show them a world-beating car or motorbike.”
Piers Hunter, Director at MAC Construction Consultants commented: “This is such an incredible facility that can be enjoyed by many people nationwide and is a real asset to Northamptonshire.
“I’m incredibly pleased to see the doors open to The Silverstone Experience, which has been a complex project with huge difficulties along the way. Well done to our Cost & Project Management team for successfully establishing a new principal contractor in under five days and for working hard to re-appointing the full, 35-company strong supply-chain shortly after.”