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Located in the ever growing, ever fascinating water city of Shaoxing, south of Shanghai, work is just about to begin on site for a new motor racing circuit in China. This high end project is enough to get any motorsport fanatic waiting on edge of their seats for the project to be complete.
The project will be to develop a 6,000 grandstand FIA Category 2 motor racing circuit facility with 116,000m2 of associated development. The wide range of facilities will range from a 4-storey 300m long automotive supermarket with showrooms below, a 9-storey office development, CIK Category C Kart track and Kart Centre, luxury private hospitality lodges, a 50-bed 5 star trackside boutique hotel, a 5 star clubhouse and a medical centre with a helicopter pad.
The automobile experience is spread over 1.2 million sqft of land and with Shaoxing being a water city, the site holds many challenges. The tip of these challenges starts with the 80m high mountain, located right through the middle of the site as well as all the surrounding areas being either river ways or farmland, this means that the race circuit and the buildings have to be piled to a depth of approximately 25m.
The project is due to be completed in 2015 / 2016 and with an UK equivalent value of £250 million. It has tight deadlines and the plan being for Ridge to take the scheme forward to RIBA Stage D+ and so within a month Ridge had already mobilised a project management and design team of 23 professionals which later integrated into a larger team with Apex Circuit Design and URS; giving a total of 42 professionals, and of course, not forgetting a Chinese speaking quantity surveyor to liaise with the local authorities and the LDI.
Any motorsports fan can guarantee that no detail has been spared for this race circuit. Even down to the high end club-house, not only is it spread across 8,500m2 but it has a direct pit lane access for supercars, and that is just the tip of the tire thread, from a 5-star hotel, to supermarkets and showrooms, this project is one to keep your eyes and ears open for.