DERBY, United Kingdom - Get your resumes ready: Norton Motorcycles has purchased historic Donington Hall on 26 acres in the English countryside, inside the Donington Grand Prix Circuit, and will turn it into its corporate headquarters.
The main building was constructed in 1790; however, it features modern office and meeting facilities inside. The nearby 45,000 sq. ft. Hastings Hall (see photo below) will become Norton’s production facility.
Norton purchased the estate from British Airways.
"It became clear some time ago that we had outgrown our current location. To be able to move less than a mile down the road to an outstanding facility like Donington Hall is ideal," said Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton Motorcycles. "It will allow Norton to grow our manufacturing business with focus on 'built in Britain by British hands,' export growth and job creation."
The Donington Grand Prix Circuit complex is home to the 2013 rounds of the World and British Superbike championship, along with motorcar road racing, vintage racing, rock concerts and a Formula One race car museum.
“Where else in the world can one tour an 18th century Gothic Revival mansion, view a Norton Motorcycle being built, watch a World Superbike race and attend an Iron Maiden concert all at the same place?” said Norton’s Dan Van Epps.
Posted by Mary Slepicka. Press images courtesy Norton Motorcycles