French Grand Prix
Circuit type: FIA Grade 1
The French government proposed a new national Formula One Grand Prix circuit on an 85 Hectare site in Les Mureaux, Yvelines, approximately 1 hour by car or train, north west of Paris. The site was ideally located to attract a high density of spectators and provided a unique setting for the new home of the French Grand Prix and for French motorsport. The departement of Yvelines is home to much of the French automotive industry, with a significant Renault facility situated adjacent to the project site.
Apex, working with the French architectural practice of Wilmotte, won the bid against fierce competition from many international consultancy groups and provided circuit design and master planning services, with Ridge and Partners supporting the project with their project management expertise and Scott Wilson providing environmental and civil engineering expertise on what was a challenging site in terms of environmental constraints.
The French government decided, once the circuit design process had been completed, that it was imprudent to proceed and withdrew support for the project and, in fact, support for any Formula One activities as a result.