MSV – the organization behind the Donington Park circuit and several other British racing tracks – has purchased the neighboring 28-acre estate which includes the 18th-century Donington Hall mansion.
Donington Hall will be transformed into a 40-room hotel “reflecting the historic association with the racetrack”, with direct links to the track itself and the paddock areas. Its opening is scheduled for 2023.
Meanwhile, Hastings House – which was the office base of British Midland International Airline until its merger with British Airways in 2012 – will be transformed into Donington Hall Motorhouse, a 45,000 square foot stable for supercars, cars from racing, old classics and motorcycles. It is expected to open in the fall of this year.
The Lansdowne workshops on the site will be made available for hire to all companies working on the vehicles kept in the Motorhouse.
âEver since we added Donington Park to our motorsport circuit portfolio, I admire Donington Hall and have always been eager to acquire the property,â said Jonathan Palmer, CEO of MSV. âIt is an incredibly beautiful building and deserves to be lovingly restored to its former glory.
âThe Donington Park circuit was originally built on the grounds of Donington Hall in 1931, making it the oldest racing circuit in the country. The opportunity to reunite the circuit with the Hall was not to be missed and the substantial value of the wedding is very exciting.
The hotel and Motorhouse will also benefit from a kilometer-long landscaped drive from the original gatehouse near the racetrack. This will allow race cars to be driven directly from the track to the hall for presentations and events, the company claims.
âWe are going to create an extraordinary and unique facility,â said Palmer. âSpecialty car owners will be able to drive directly to East Midlands Airport, view their cars within 10 minutes of landing before settling into, say, the hotel’s Rosemeyer Suite.