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Bicycle maker Brompton unveils plans for £100m ‘floating’ HQ

Bicycle maker Brompton unveils plans for £100m ‘floating’ HQ

Cycling manufacturer Brompton has revealed plans to build a new headquarters and factory in Kent. The site will be developed on 100 acres of unused…

Tuesday, Mar 01

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Cycling manufacturer Brompton has revealed plans to build a new headquarters and factory in Kent.

The site will be developed on 100 acres of unused wetland in Ashford, in the middle of a nature reserve.

It will be built on stilts to give the impression that is floating, and so that water levels can continue to rise and fall during the year. Special foundation piles set into the building will also draw heat from the earth into the complex, which will be carbon neutral.

More than 1,500 staff are set to be employed at the £100m site once it is operational.

Brompton said it is hoping to submit planning documents to Ashford Borough Council in April. The new plans come as Brompton pushes to produce over 200,000 new bikes every year by 2027.

Brompton chief executive Will Butler-Adams said it was time to adapt construction work as climate change begins to take more of an effect. In its current plans, Brompton has not included any space for cars.

“There has been a global realisation, post-pandemic, that we need to change how we live in our cities, to design them around the people that live in them, not the automobile,” Butler-Adams said.The building, which was designed by London-based architect Hollaway Studio, will be encircled by a cycle path.Hollaway Studio principal partner Guy Hollaway said: “The challenge in designing for Brompton this new sustainable factory located on a 100 acre wetland site, was to rethink both the concept of a factory while creating a symbiotic relationship between […]

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