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Hoteliers in discussion with Silverstone owner over race track hotel

11 January 2017 by
Hoteliers in discussion with Silverstone owner over race track hotel

Silverstone race track owner the British Racing Drivers Club (BDRC) is in talks with hotel operators about developing an on-site property at the home of the British Grand Prix.

The news comes just weeks after property developer MEPC was granted outline planning permission for two hotels as part of a mixed use development on the outskirts of the Silverstone circuit.

The BDRC hotel initiative follows the award of £9.1m in funding from the National Lottery for the creation of a motorsport museum at Silverstone, which could attract up to 400,000 visitors a year. BDRC chairman John Grant said the development, known as the Silverstone Heritage Experience, "transforms the business case for a hotel".

He confirmed that it was in early discussions with hotel investors and operators regarding the development of a hotel to support the circuit, the conference facilities and the Heritage project.

The MEPC plan is for a business and technology park, hotel, education centre and social hub called Silverstone Park, which could take 10-15 years to construct. Outline permission has been given for 250 beds spread over a maximum of two hotels. The plan was rubberstamped by South Northamptonshire Council in mid-December.

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