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Brompton unveils new £100m factory built on stilts

Brompton unveils new £100m factory built on stilts

The UK’s biggest bike manufacturer Brompton has unveiled plans to invest £100m to develop a new state-of-the-art factory built upon stilts within a newly restored…

Saturday, Feb 26

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The UK’s biggest bike manufacturer Brompton has unveiled plans to invest £100m to develop a new state-of-the-art factory built upon stilts within a newly restored wetlands area.

The folding bike specialist revealed its plans to develop its new site in Ashford, Kent, with the project scheduled for completion in 2027.

The new Kent-based factory is to be built upon a 100-acre flood plain close to the town’s international rail station. However, rather than building a traditional factory, Brompton plans to develop an environmentally friendly site across a rewilded nature reserve designed to support a net gain in biodiversity. The new site will also incorporate a musuem, visitor centre and cafe yet will have no car park, instead relying on a series of bike paths and pedestrian walkways linking the factory to the nearby station, all details that are part of Brompton’s pledge to a more sustainable future.

‘As we face climate change, combined with poor mental and physical health in our cities, where most of the world’s population live, we need to adapt. 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,’ said Will Butler-Adams, CEO of Brompton.

‘Brompton has a large part to play in supporting that transition, but we need to have more space to innovate and create the products of the future. London was the inspiration for the Brompton and our success is in large part is due […]

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