Norton Motorcycles buys Donington Hall
THE former Castle Donington headquarters of airline BMI has been sold to a motorcycle manufacturer.
Norton Motorcycles has bought Donington Hall from British Airways for an undisclosed sum.
The deal includes the 18th century hall, an adjacent building called Hastings House, which has a floor space of 45,000 sq ft and 25 acres of grounds.
The site passed into the hands of BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group, in April last year following its takeover of BMI.
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Donington Hall had been the home of BMI for 30 years. Its low-cost airline, BMI Baby, was based in Hastings House.
BMI’s operations have since been merged with BA. Donington Hall closed for good in December last year.
As a result of the deal, Norton Motorcycles will leave its current factory at Donington Park.
Chief executive Stuart Garner said that all production and design work would be moved to Hastings House.