Aston Martin Formula One Team submits new plans to extend Silvestone HQ
"The proposed development is looking to expand the recently approved highly bespoke headquarters"
Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team has submitted plans to extend its flagship headquarters, which is located next to Silverstone Circuit.
The company, which was formerly called Racing Point, was given planning permission in 2019 for a new building next to its existing facility between Buckingham Road and Dadford Road, which is just to the west of the racing circuit.
The headquarters has all aspects of Formula One car development, construction and preparation within it. The 15,000 square metre building is spread over two floors and features a ‘central glazed street’ at the heart of the building.
And now Aston Martin has this month (March) submitted plans to extend its headquarter's ground floor area in a bid to "operate more efficiently".
Within the planning documents, prepared by Ridge and Partners LLP on behalf of Aston Martin, a spokesman said: "Aston Martin’s ambitions of challenging at the top of the sport mean that the ongoing development of the business has resulted in the need for more space above that recently consented for the activities of the team.
"The proposed development is looking to expand the recently approved highly bespoke headquarters, with an increased floor area to allow the more efficient operation of the team when designing and manufacturing its Formula One racing cars.
"The proposed increase in the size of the new headquarters has come about following detailed discussions with Aston around how the internals of the building will work in practice, with a greater focus on housing required equipment and machines to maximise the efficiency of production associated with the manufacture of Aston’s Formula One cars.
"To this end, it has become clear that workshops would benefit from a greater ground floor area.
"We are confident that the current infrastructure investment provides a solid platform for our own improvement, culminating in a move to a new factory in 2022 which will arguably provide the best facilities on the grid, the envy of our competitors."
The planning papers also say the extension will not result in "any increase in staff numbers across the site".
To view the application, click here.