Stepnell races away with Royal Enfield Technology Centre

7/12/2015

Iconic motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield, the world’s oldest motorcycle company in continuous production, has appointed Stepnell to build its brand new design and research centre at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire.

The Indian based company has awarded Stepnell a £3.5m contract to create its new technology centre at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, a former airfield near Lutterworth.

Construction work on the facility, which has attracted help from the Regional Growth Fund, is set to start in March 2016 and is expected to be completed in November of that year.  

The investment is set to bring a major jobs boost to the region and will support Royal Enfield’s bid to dominate the global mid-range motorcycle market. Seventy engineers and designers are expected to work at the new technology centre which has been designed by Leicester-based Architects LE1.

The new two storey steel framed research and design facility will house areas for the development and testing of new motorcycles plus office and design space. It will feature large areas of glazing and rooflights to maximise natural light coming into the building.

Simon Warburton, Royal Enfield head of product development in the UK, says: “We spoke to several contractors about the new technology centre, but Stepnell stood out as clearly the best choice, due to their professionalism and their record.”

The project is one of a series of significant business gains for our expanding Nottingham office. Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell says: “We’re extremely excited to have been chosen by Royal Enfield to deliver its impressive new technology centre in Leicestershire. Our team has a proven record of delivering industrial projects to an extremely high quality standard with the expertise we bring to both the design and delivery process enabling clients to get the maximum value from their investment.” The project will also deliver training opportunities for the local community with Stepnell set to create work experience placements for construction students at Leicester College as well as work placements for local people organised through business charity Leicestershire Cares.

Royal Enfield, maker of the famous Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle, was originally a British company. It began life as the Enfield Cycle Company which was based in Redditch, Worcestershire and founded in 1893. In 1955, what was then ‘Enfield India’ began manufacturing motorycles in India under licence in the city of Chennai (then known as Madras). Motorcycle production in the UK ceased in 1970, but carried on in Chennai. Royal Enfield is a division of Eicher Motors Ltd. Motorcycles designed at the new Leicestershire centre will be made at three Royal Enfield factories in Chennai and sold around the world.

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