Chris Aylett, CEO of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), officially opened the brand new facility for the National College for Motorsport, on Friday 2nd December 2016. Guests at the opening ceremony also included representatives from Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, MEPC, Kier Construction and GSSArchitecture.
The new facility is based in the heart of British Motorsport Racing at Silverstone, and provides fully equipped workshops and classrooms, which have been designed by GSS to ensure that the space is suitable to combine both the practical and theoretical training of students and apprentices in the motorsport industry.
Run by Tresham, the National College for Motorsport currently trains full-time students and apprentices from across the UK for a career in the Motorsport and High Performance Engineering industry at one of the UK’s most prestigious venues. Past students have gone on to work with a range of motorsport champions across the world, including Formula One teams Lotus, Red Bull, Force India, Manor and Mercedes.
GSS acted as Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers for the development, and have worked closely with Tresham and the landlord, MEPC, to deliver the scheme. The development is also part of an initiative to increase the specialist skills training available at Tresham to an additional 240 students by 2021.
David Higham, Vice Principal at Tresham College of Further and Higher Education said, “By opening this fantastic facility we will be able to provide skills training for young people and those who wish to pursue a career in Motorsport, supporting the sector by developing the new talent of tomorrow. GSSArchitecture have worked tirelessly to ensure the space is suitable for a combination of practical and theoretical training, incorporating the wow factor every building needs to inspire learning.”
Ian Bray, Partner at GSS added, “It is an honour to be entrusted with the design and delivery of such a prestigious project within Northamptonshire that will have international appeal. This has been an exceptionally fast-paced project, with an impressive turnaround. Initial designs began in January 2016 and the project was handed over in September 2016, demonstrating a collaborative team approach by all involved.”