SILVERSTONE circuit is bridging a gap between now and when it fulfils ambitious plans as it asks permission to expand the use of mobile hotel rooms.
Launched last year during the F1 Grand Prix around 40 lucky spectators were able to spend the weekend in a Snoozebox.
The innovative temporary hotel features key card entry, flat screen television, an en suite wet room. Wifi, and can be ready to check in guests just 48 hours after they arrive on the back of lorries.
Hotels were identified in the Silverstone Masterplan, which also included new pit and paddocks, offices, distribution facilities, new spectator facilities, a museum of motorsport and an educational campus with accommodation.
The circuit has already opened the new pit and paddock, and is in negotiations with the education authority to find a location within the circuit for a University Technical College.
Cirucit MD Richard Phillips said with more business being done in the Silverstone Wing the circuit has now submitted a planning application for a 80 bed temporoary hotel, which could remain on site for five years.
He added “This would be a temporary solution to accommodate the demand while we wait for the longer term development which will include hotel beds.”
Snoozebox were the first to market the idea, and 120 of the 200 rooms used at Silverstone are now at the Edinburgh Festival.