Building on recent success as a central hub for historic motoring and automotive development, Bicester Heritage has submitted plans for its next stage in a vision to create a home for automotive past, present and future in a unique automotive resort.
The staggering 344 room hotel will be located on the former RAF Bicester site, which some five years previously was given a magnificent face-lift and now boasts a vintage vehicle and car specialist centre.
Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, commented:
“We very much look forward to welcoming enthusiasts to our motoring hotel, from which they will be able to experience a range of automotive destinations on a single site, from the existing centre of excellence for historic motorcars to private track, exhibition hangars, OEM brand centre and future technology.”
The design will integrate materials inspired and used by pre-war RAF Bicester buildings and also use the dimensions and orientation as the 1936 C-Type hangars.
Designer Dexter Moren said:
“Hospitality specialist architects and interior designers, Dexter Moren Associates, are thrilled to have been selected to design a landmark hotel within a former RAF base, forming part of the Bicester Heritage master plan vision focusing on motorcars and aeroplanes. The design objective has been to respond in a contemporary manner to the site’s rich and unique story, drawing inspiration from its historic position at the forefront of aviation, engineering, and innovation while complementing the existing period buildings.”
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The incredible four storey development was designed to showcase the Bicester themed exhibitions, featuring historic and technological evolution.
This hotel is the next stage in Bicester Heritage’s vision to become the world’s leading automotive resort. The first component of this was the successful execution of the historic section, and its fifty buildings, with further plans in motion to showcase the rest of the automotive world in an inclusive, experiential and innovative fashion.
Further plans include the building of motor lodges, luxury leisure residencies allowing individuals to stay within the 425-acre resort with their car and adjacent to the private recreational driver’s circuit.