Silverstone Circuit


  • Sector: public
  • Status: Completed
  • Control Protocol: DALI
  • A/C Network: T-Bus
  • Special Features: Automated Testing 3
  • SQ M: 5500
  • SQ FT: 59000
  • Developer: British Racing Driver's Club (BRDC)
  • Main Contractor: Buckingham Group
  • Tenants: British Grand Prix
  • Electrical Contractor: NG Bailey
  • Architect: Populous


  • Simmtronic contributed to the area now known as the “Silverstone Wing”. This involved the installation of: 7 Area Controllers; 300 Lighting Control Modules; 492 Sensors; with 48 scene plates applying programmed zones with dimming for extra effect


  • The first-ever grand prix was held at Silverstone, and seven of the 10 F1 teams are based within a 50-mile radius. F1 permeates the whole area
  • The end of the Second World War had left Britain with no major race track but multiple airfields. One of these surplus airfields was located outside the village of Silverstone and being located close to the middle of England, it was seen as a perfect location to welcome back international motor racing to the country. In 1948 The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) had agreed a one year lease with the Air Ministry. An ex-farmer, James Wilson Brown, was employed by the RAC and allocated a mere two months to turn the chosen airfield into a race track for the first RAC International Grand Prix
  • On the 2nd October 1948 an estimated 100,000 people flocked to see Luigi Villoresi beat a field of 22 others in his Maserati. Hay bales and ropes protected the piggery and crops in the middle of the circuit, and canvas barriers stopped drivers from being distracted by cars coming the other way. Silverstone racing history had begun
  • The two Maserati drivers, Villoresi and Ascari, who came 1st and 2nd in this first race had to start from the back of the grid as they arrived too late for official practice
  • 2019 saw Lewis Hamilton take a record sixth British Grand Prix victory in a thrilling race featuring a crash between Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel
  • The Silverstone University Technical College (UTC) is a new state of the art college that opened at the circuit in September 2013. University Technical Colleges are a new concept in education and offer 14 – 19 year olds the opportunity to learn in a very practical way, integrating national curriculum requirements with technical and vocational elements

Thank you Simmtronic, for your professional, fast and reactive support with the delivery of these projects.

Adam Scadding

EDDS Limited

Simmtronic have delivered a large number of technically challenging projects for DBS and consistently continued to provide outstanding service. Their support, guidance and help throughout the process has been exceptional, working closely with our design teams to ensure the right solution for the project and a sound understanding of the brief, with our delivery teams to ensure the installation and commissioning are trouble free and then providing fantastic after care to the customer. They have added true engineered value into the projects they have been involved in for Derry Building Services.

Geoff Caborn

Derry Building Services

Simmtronic have been a valued member of the DBS supply chain for over 10 years. Their pro-active and collaborative approach to lighting controls from the design stage, through to commissioning is highly valued by both our Design and Delivery Engineers.

Matt Hallam

Derry Building Services

Over the years I have really appreciated the Simmtronic ability to provide responsive support and listening to projects and clients needs. More recently the Simmtronic team has shown the capability to embrace the connectivity requirements of the Internet of Things by quickly adding MQTT to their range of integration protocols. This will greatly facilitate telemetry applications in buildings and the development of interconnected solutions that will make buildings more usable and easier to operate.

Francesco Anselmo


Landsec have consistently used Simmtronic Lighting Control Systems across our new London developments for over 15 years. Simmtronic understand our requirements and get involved at the very early stages of schemes, assisting consultants in achieving the optimum design solution, often taking the lead.  They always overcome the programme challenges they are faced with on site, delivering a quality, fully tested and operational solution, on time and to budget. Simmtronic undertake the maintenance and servicing across much of our London portfolio, they have a customer focused and flexible approach that suits the needs of our business and as well as our customers.

Mark Ponzini


Simmtronic as an organisation has been, for the last 18 years, by far the best performing and most reliable lighting control system I use. From design through to commissioning and soft landings with the landlord teams Simmtronic always deliver on my projects. Simmtronic technology evolution is not just pushed through like others, but rather properly tested internally first, giving us as client teams the assurance that what Simmtronic say they can offer is 100% delivered, an absolute must with fast track major projects.

Alan Williamson


Simmtronic has constantly been available at an early stage to engage both with the designers and the Contracting team to assist with design solutions and to test options. This ultimately assists us in de-risking the project during the commissioning phase which usually defines when the project is completed. Simmtronic is seen as ‘industry standard’ and it is always encouraging to see them involved.

Jo Benson

Derwent London