A consortium of French and British firms is to oversee the design and construction of the new home for the French Grand Prix. At a press conference today it was revealed that the circuit will be located in the municipalities of Flins-sur-Seine and les Mureaux just west of Paris in the Département des Yvelines and will see the return of Formula 1 to France.
Internationally renowned firm Apex Circuit Design has invited long term technical partners Ridge and Scott Wilson to provide design services, including track civil engineering, project management and quantity surveying to the lead consultant, Wilmotte and Associates, France’s premier architect. In addition, SNC-Lavalin will be the engineering consultant for all buildings and will be lead project cost consultant, with Sogreah acting as water consultant. The overall client is the Conseil General des Yvelines and public funding has been secured for the project.
Design work will start immediately, with the track due to be completed in spring 2011 in time to be able to host the race later that summer.
The project site provides an ideal setting for a national sporting venue as it is adjacent to the River Seine and has a gently undulating topography and rural feel, despite nearby urban areas. Multiple overtaking opportunities and a challenge for drivers are included in the circuit design developed by Apex. It will be integrated into a parkland landscape and will be engineered to reduce flood impact, enhance ground water protection, and apply best-practice for noise attenuation.
Clive Bowen, Managing Director of Apex observed at the public announcement, “we’re delighted to team up with such a prestigious group and have enjoyed building a rapport with our French co-consultants”. He added “we look forward to introducing a new era of exciting, interesting and safe Formula One circuits which will be modest in terms of cost but of great value to the sport and industry.”
Guy Austin, the Equity Partner at Ridge who runs motorsport projects for the company followed by saying; “our philosophy to manage project cost and schedule through design to conclusion of construction is proven in motorsport”. He went on to say “we’ve now teamed with Apex and Scott Wilson on several projects and are genuinely excited by the additional partnership with Wilmotte and the French team”.
John Horgan, Scott Wilson’s Group Managing Director of International Operations, commented; “This prominent project marks the revival of F1 in France. The new world-class track will add to the excitement of the sport, rivalling its international counterparts. We are delighted to be part of such a skilled team to design this state-of-the-art facility and to be at the forefront of motorsport design services.”