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Cylchdaith Cymru!!!

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Tony Holder, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Cylchdaith Cymru...yes, the Circuit of Wales.

    It would appear that Formula 1 is heading to the land of the people of Wales. Yes, plans to build a 3.5 miles circuit are being drawn up, and they have a picture;


    Read on (apparently Silverstone aren't happy)

    The Heads of the Valleys Development Company has named the construction team that will deliver the £250m 3.5 mile Circuit of Wales motor sport development near Ebbw Vale.

    FCC Construccion will build the £250m facility ina joint venture with local construction firm Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd of Abergavenny.

    As well as the main circuit which is being built to FIA and FIM standards, and has a unique location on a mountain top, with plans for a motor sport academy, the Circuit of Wales will be designed to host international events such as MotoGP, World Superbikes, World Motocross and World Touring Cars.

    The development will include a technology park adjacent to the circuit to cater for higher specification research, development and support services in the automotive and motor sports sectors. A leading motor sport race academy will also be created to develop young Welsh, British and European elite riders and drivers.

    Michael Carrick, chief executive of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company, hailed the selection a "perfect complement of international expertise and local knowledge."

    FCC Construccion is focused in the UK infrastructure market - its £276m state-of-the-art South West Acute Hospital in Northern Ireland opened last June. The company is also widely respected for its innovative work on such diverse projects as the Madrid-Barajas Airport - one of the busiest airports in the world - and the Jerez circuit in Spain.

    "The people of Wales, and Blaenau Gwent in particular, should be really excited about what will be built," said Carrick. "Having seen the work that our construction partners have done in the past, I've no doubt that the Circuit of Wales will be a diamond in the British sporting landscape."

    "We chose these companies because of their vast experience, global renown and because of the superb team they can put in place. They fully grasp the Circuit of Wales concept and how to deliver it and share our vision and passion for making it happen."

    There is a contractual agreement between the Heads of the Valleys Development Company and the construction partners that a significant number of the building jobs will go to local workers. This could prove to be a much-needed boost in south Wales where unemployment levels are high.

    In accordance with the Heads of the Valleys Development Company's low carbon prioritisation for the Circuit of Wales, along with its commitment to a local workforce, one of FCC Construccion's main tenets is 'responsible construction'. Like Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, it emphasises sustainability through taking care of the community and the environment - something the Heads of the Valleys Development Company has placed at the top of its agenda since the Circuit of Wales' inception.

    An application for planning will be delivered in November.
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  2. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    I'll put everything I have on F1 never holding a race there.

    There's no money in Wales.
    Silverstone's only still on the calendar due to its heritage. Bernie hates it!

    As much as I'd love it, I don't see it happening.

    The Russians and Arabs are paying $40m+ yearly to host a race.
    That won't happen anywhere in Europe.
  3. Brands Hatch aren't happy either.
  4. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

  5. I'm not either
  6. Jimlaad43

    Nice apex, I'll take it! Staff Premium

    The circuit isn't being designed for F1 at all, it wants Grade 2, not 1. Personally, as a British marshal, I hope it goes ahead, it would be nice to get the World Touring Cars back.
  7. its confirmed that MotoGP will go there from 2015, although they will start racing in 2016
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