MotorSport Vision (MSV) has purchased the freehold of the Donington Hall Estate comprising 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.
Donington Hall is an 18th century mansion house, with historical ties to the adjacent racing circuit that is within part of the estate’s original grounds.
The main Hall building comprises four floors and along 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, reflecting the historic connection to the motor racing circuit, having a range of accommodation to suit all people to the circuit. The hotel is planned to open for the 2023 season.
Hastings House was built-in 1990 as the main administrative headquarters for that British Midland International airline, which owned the Donington Hall Estate before BMI was purchased by British Airways.
MSV would be to transform the 45,000 sq . ft . building into the state from the art Donington Hall Motorhouse, which aims to become the UK’s most prestigious 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.
MSV Leader 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, which makes it the oldest motor racing circuit in the united states. The opportunity to reunite the circuit with the Hall was not to be missed and the substantial marriage value is very exciting.
“Donington Hall Motorhouse will be a superb place to securely store some of the best cars and motorcycles on the planet, with VVIP facilities for owners.
“We will be creating an extraordinary and unique facility. Specialist car owners will be able to fly directly into East Midlands airport, view their cars within Ten minutes of landing before settling into, for example, the Rosemeyer Suite at the hotel.
“Their chosen car will be prepared and warmed up, waiting outside the front of the Hall after breakfast, from where they can drive it up the initial carriage drive and directly on to the Donington Park circuit.
“After a day’s circuit driving, we will return the car to the workshops for cleaning and a check over before returning it to storage, while our readers are on their way home.”