Thruxton Circuit is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year with the construction of a state-of-the-art hospitality facility. This will be part of the next stage in a widespread renewal process aimed at attracting more major series and manufacturers to the Hampshire venue.
The new hospitality building on the inside of Allard Corner is due to be inaugurated in 2018 – with construction expected to get underway towards the end of this summer.
With just 16 noisy days permitted annually due to the venue’s dual purpose as an active airfield, the necessity to cater to new manufacturers and driving experiences has been a focal point of Thruxton’s plans in recent years.
These have included the launch of the wet grip area, extension of the karting circuit, re-tarmacking of the paddock, introduction of big screens and enhanced access to the famous Campbell, Cobb and Segrave complex of corners.
The new building is set to comprise more than ten briefing and function rooms as well as a host of hospitality suites, along with a balcony providing a bird’s eye view of all the first corner action. As part of the development process, both the Goodwood Restaurant and Thruxton Suite will be demolished, in so doing opening up the opportunity for further work to take place within the paddock.
Thruxton Group’s managing director, Bill Combs, said: “Coupled with the consistent improvement in trackside attendances that we have seen over the past five years, Thruxton has enjoyed a period of rude health from a commercial and manufacturer perspective.
“This building development is the latest in the long-term plans that were devised for the venue when we took control, and we made sure we consulted all of our customer groups from competitors to corporate track hires and retailers. We have been working closely with Zac Chapman from Chapman Partnership on the design of the building to make sure that it is both modern and customer-friendly.
“All of our major clients have seen the plans, and we have catered certain aspects to their feedback. This will mirror the modern architecture of the wet grip area near the entrance and provides another fantastic dimension to the venue. It really will stand out as one of the iconic landmarks around the circuit in years to come.”