Renders of new Canada pit building posted
15 December 2017 – Initial renders of the planned new paddock building at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve have been posted online by the Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau (SPJD).
As part of its renewal to stage the Canadian Grand Prix from 2015 to 2029, SPJD made the commitment to renovate and expand circuit infrastructures.
Built back in 1988, the existing equipment in the paddock will be brought up to the standards required by Formula 1 and its governing body, the FIA.
Capacity of the hospitality boxes above the garages will rise to 5,000 people, a significant increase over the current capacity of 1,800.
Among other features, the building will be equipped with a freight elevator, which can be used to bring cars or heavy furniture to each of the levels of the building, and a glassed-in elevator for clientele.
An investment of $48 million, $30 million of which will come from the City of Montréal, and $18 million from the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT), will be required.
How the building will be split:
1st storey: F1 team garages, control tower and offices for the staff
2nd storey: Hospitality, control tower, podium and media areas
3rd storey: Hospitality and terrace
Timeframe for the construction:
December 14, 2017: Start of the call for tender process
March 2018: Awarding the contract
June 2018: Canadian Grand Prix
July 2018: Start of the construction work
April 2019: End of the construction work
June 2019: Canadian Grand Prix