Donington Hall estate acquired by former F1 driver

Donington Hall estate acquired by former F1 driver

MotorSport Vision (MSV), which is owned by former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, has purchased the freehold of the Donington Hall Estate with plans to transform the site into a new hotel.

The estate comprises Donington Hall itself, former office building Hastings House and the Lansdowne workshops building. The estate is set in 28 acres of grounds next to the MSV operated Donington Park race circuit in the East Midlands.

The main hall building comprises four floors and together with its mews buildings and coach house covers 61,000 sq ft. MSV plans to develop the grade II-listed structure into a 40-bedroom hotel.

The hotel is planned to open for the 2023 season.

Hastings House was built in 1990 as the main administrative headquarters for the British Midland International airline, which owned the Donington Hall Estate before BMI was purchased by British Airways.

MSV is to transform the 45,000 sq ft building into the Donington Hall Motorhouse, a stabling facility for supercars, classic road and racing cars and motorcycles.

The Lansdowne workshops, totalling 18,000 sq ft, will be available to let for high-end motor engineering businesses which support the preparation and maintenance of vehicles kept at the Donington Hall Motorhouse and used on the race circuit.

The Donington Hall Hotel and Motorhouse will benefit from a private, mile-long landscaped drive from the original gatehouse by the circuit.  There will also be a direct route to the circuit paddock areas, in addition to direct access from the hall to the circuit by the original Starkey’s bridge. This will allow race cars to be driven directly to Donington Hall for awards presentations at special events.

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MSV chief executive Jonathan Palmer said: “Ever since we added Donington Park to our portfolio of motorsport circuits, I have admired Donington Hall, and have always been keen to acquire the property. It’s a stunningly beautiful building and deserves to be sympathetically restored to its former glory.

“Donington Park circuit was originally built in the estate grounds of Donington Hall in 1931, making it the oldest motor racing circuit in the country. The opportunity to reunite the circuit with the hall was not to be missed and the substantial marriage value is very exciting.”

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