The new Formula E series for electric cars is to be based at Donington Park after news that new headquarters and team facilities are to be created at the East Midlands circuit.

Work on the new premises, which will be based inside the Western Paddock close to the Melbourne Hairpin, started earlier this month and is due to completed by the end of April.

When completed, the new 44,000ft? bespoke premises will provide state-of-the-art facilities for each of the 10 Formula E teams, together with offices, stores and workshops for Formula E's own operational staff.

The series' commercial aspects will continue to operate out of its London offices.

"We looked at a number of locations around Europe but the British motorsport industry is regarded as the best in the world so it was an easy decision for us to be based in the UK and our new facilities at Donington Park provide the perfect central location for operating the FIA Formula E Championship," Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said. "Being in the 'Motorsport Valley' also means we can take advantage of the technology and skills all around us, as we have already done through McLaren and Williams.

"All 10 teams will soon have top facilities at their disposal in a modern, sustainable building, as well as direct access to the circuit to develop their cars. We are also just a stone's throw from East Midlands Airport and the hub of our logistics partner DHL, meaning will we make substantial cost and emission savings. It's also great for such an innovative and global racing series to be based at a historic race track like Donington Park and we're looking forward to welcoming the teams."

The announcement is also the next step in the recovery of Donington as a circuit following the failed bid to the secure the British Grand Prix, with the venue now to set to become a major technical centre for electrical technologies.

"Formula E and all its teams committing to this location here at Donington Park, the heart of British motor sport, is a critical forward leap for this company, for this wonderful race track, and for our region," Donington Park MD Christopher Tate said. "Already there are dozens of civil engineers and technicians at work on the construction project. From May, around 150 highly technical racing engineers will be preparing and testing their all-new Formula E electric cars here. Three years after this company took over the estate; this is a major landmark moment for Donington Park.

"Our own team, working with the North West Leicestershire Council, the Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Growing Places Fund, have all come together to make this great project happen, and see this multi-million pound investment here once again prove the strength of the UK motorsport industry.

"With Formula E, we have no doubt this new centre will come to act as a technical hub for the future development of these exciting new technologies not just for the motorsport industry, but for the wider automotive sector as a whole. Everyone here now awaits the first test day for these new cars on this historic and demanding race track."

Alongside the new facilities, Donington Park will now play host to much of the test and development work on the new fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car ahead of the inaugural season of competition, which will start this September in Beijing.