Stepnell secures £3.5m Royal Enfield contract

Stepnell secures £3.5m Royal Enfield contract

Rugby-based Stepnell has secured a £3.5m contract to build Royal Enfield’s brand new design and research centre at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire.

The world’s oldest motorcycle company in continuous production has chosen to build its new centre at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, a former airfield near Lutterworth.

Construction work on the facility which has been supported by the Regional Growth Fund is set to start in March and is expected to be completed in November.  

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.

A total of 70 engineers and designers are expected to work at the new centre which has been designed by Leicester-based Architects LE1.

Simon Warburton, Royal Enfield head of product development in the UK, said: “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.”

Stepnell operations and commercial manager, Thomas Sewell, added: “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.” 

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.

The new motorcycles designed at the new Leicestershire centre will be made at three Royal Enfield factories in Chennai and sold around the world.