A year ago today (12 January) MotorSport Vision (MSV) announced
its take-over of the Donington Park circuit - and work is well
underway to transform the venue in time for the 2018 season.
The deal was cleared unconditionally by the Competition and
Markets Authority (CMA) in August 2017 and since then multi-million
pound plans have been put in place to make significant upgrades to
the Donington Park estate, improving facilities for visitors and
These include the laying of a hard surface on Paddock 3 for the
first time, bigger and better toilet blocks, a major new restaurant
and café in the heart of the venue, improvements to the viewing
bank and the construction of a grandstand at Hollywood corner, and
a new circuit office adjacent to the Formula E complex overlooking
the circuit and paddock.
In August, MSV Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said:
"Donington's customers and end users will benefit significantly
from MSV's much greater investment in all aspects of the venue, and
the associated improvement in the customer experience both in terms
of service and value."
Work has been continuing apace in recent weeks. Many of the
dated toilet blocks around the venue have now been demolished, and
groundwork on the new structures are falling into place. Likewise,
construction of the new grandstand at Hollywood will begin shortly,
with the foundations almost completed.
The new circuit office has also seen much work over the past few
weeks, with offices, meeting rooms and other facilities quickly
taking shape ahead of a scheduled move-in date at the end of
Work is also continuing on the surfacing of Paddock 3, while
building of the new restaurant is due to commence shortly, as well
as improvements to the gates to speed up entry.