New Canadian Grand Prix pit building revealed in Montreal

Formula 1 officials and organisers of the Canadian Grand Prix today unveiled the new paddock building at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal.

New Canadian Grand Prix pit building revealed in Montreal

All major works have been completed, and only the interior finishing remains to be completed, which will be achieved on time, according to the various executives.

The event was attended by Chase Carey, CEO of Liberty Media, Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal, and Francois Dumontier, President and CEO, F1 Grand Prix du Canada.

This new three-storey building has been built in just 10 months (including five months of tough winter weather) in conjunction with the renewal of the Candian Grand Prix contract, from 2015 to 2029, in which the Société du parc Jean Drapeau agreed to help with the renovation and expansion of the infrastructure at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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The objective of the project was to upgrade the equipment in the paddock, built in 1988, and bring it up to the standards required by the FIA and the Formula 1 World Championship. It increases the capacity of the capacity above the garages to 5,000 people, compared to 1,800 in the former building. The primary objective was also to replace the temporary facilities by a permanent building.

The new pit building and garages, which cost CDN$59m to build (US$44m) features some interesting sustainable solutions such as carbon-negative materials, energetic efficiency, photovoltaic energy and responsible lighting.

The new building, which is a mix of wood, concrete and steel, has already been recognised by the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada by winning the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in December 2018.

Employees of the various construction companies involved in the project will start removing heavy equipment on Friday, then the finishing touch, plumbing and electrical work will be accelerated, and teams will clean up the site before the F1 teams arrive during the week leading up to the Grand Prix.

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