Following renewal of the agreement earliear this year to stage the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve through 2029, the Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau (SPJD), which administers the Montreal park site, committed to renovate and infrastructure for the circuit. The group revealed plans today for a $48 million makeover of facilities at the track including the paddock, garages and media/hospitality complex.
The section above the garages will be expanded to accommodate up to to 5,000 people, up from the current capacity of 1,800. The building will be equipped, among other things, with a freight elevator which can be used to bring cars or heavy furniture to each of the levels of the building. It will also have a glassed-in elevator for guests.
The new paddock building will be set up on three floors, divided in the following manner:
1st floor: F1 team garages, control tower and offices for the staff
2nd floor: private boxes, control tower, podium and media areas
3rd floor: private boxes and terrace
The SPJD says the project there will have no impact for users of the Olympic Basin, which is located behind the paddock area. The redevelopment projext is scheduled to be completed by June 2019 in time for that year’s Canadian GP.