Innovating Athlete Engineered Technology from AMP Technology Centre 

Bromley Technologies opened a workshop in AMP Technology Centre in 2006. Since then, founders Richard and Kristan Bromley have used their South Yorkshire base to design and build specialist skeleton bobsleds for Olympic teams worldwide. As well as producing custom made equipment for top athletes, the founders coach the world’s best performing teams for international competitions and are currently working with Belgium, Brazil and the Netherlands in the run up to the 2026 Milano Winter Olympics. 

Incorporating in 2000, Bromley Technologies marries together the brothers’ experience in specialist engineering, design, Motocross racing and competitive skeleton racing.  Kristan Bromley is a retired British skeleton racer, nicknamed ‘Doctor Ice’ by the British media because of his research and subsequent PhD in ‘factors affecting the performance of skeleton bobsleds’. During his professional Skeleton racing career Kristan raced on sleds designed and produced by himself and brother Richard. Kristan is still one of the most highly decorated winter sports athlete’s Great Britain has produced, having won World cup overall titles, European Championships and World Championships. Kristan was the first athlete in the history of the sport to capture ‘The triple crown’ in one season, which consisted of becoming European Champion, overall World cup Champion and World Champion.  

Richard Bromley completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Hull University and went on to research chassis dynamics and vibration at the University of Leeds. Richard’s experience working with his brother as a performance coach, led to him coaching the South Korean team where they made history by capturing Asia’s first Olympic sliding sports Gold Medal at the Pyeonchang 2018 Olympic Games. After retiring from the sport in 2014, Kristan has also coached multiple athlete’s, resulting in an Olympic medal for Great Britain’s Dom Parsons in PyeongChang 2018 and more recently an Olympic medal with Netherland’s Kim Boss at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. Both brothers are now focussed in delivering more medals with their respective teams at the forthcoming Milan 2026 games. 

The duo chose to locate at AMP Technology Centre because of its global reputation for advanced manufacturing, its proximity to both South Yorkshire universities, the innovation ecosystem, and the English Institute of Sport – where Kristan and fellow Skeleton Olympic medallist partner Shelley Rudman continued to train with other professional athletes.  The workshop is used to design and manufacture bespoke skeleton sleds using state-of-the art- design CAD /CAM software linked to Precision CNC machines, as well as research and development utilising 3D scanning, imaging and simulation software. From AMP Tecnology Centre the team assemble gold-standard Skeleton sleds and equipment using locally sourced metals and treatments for the sled chassis, Olympic-verified steels (from Switzerland) and composite materials (manufactured in their Wiltshire workshop). The workshop receives regular visits from international sporting teams and Athletes who are measured and assessed for their bespoke sled, before being tailor fit to their equipment.  

When Bromley Technologies first set up shop at AMP Technology Centre in 2006, they were one of the first occupiers in what is now hailed to be the beating heart of South Yorkshire’s advanced manufacturing community. Located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, a stone’s throw from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and central to the recently announced Advanced Manufacturing Investment Zone, the location is an epicentre for innovation activity.  In the 17 years since Bromley Technologies joined the workspace community, they have collaborated on research projects with both Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield and benefited from several regional match-funding programmes and business support packages through local and central government initiatives.  

Speaking about the location and their plans, Richard Bromley said: “The location has worked well for us. We’ve undertaken several joint research projects with our neighbours at the AMRC and we benefit greatly from the specialist supply chain and talent that clusters around the Advanced Manufacturing Park. The space itself has flexed with the needs of the business, supporting us to upscale and to consolidate in response to changing markets and product lines. The future looks bright for Bromley Technologies; we are three years out from the next Olympics and we’re ramping up activity. Having captured 33% of all Olympic skeleton medals at the last 2 Olympics, the Bromley Brothers are in high demand. We’re just coming to the end of assembly for this summer’s development phase with orders due to be shipped out. This winter we’ll be focused on performance coaching our respective teams out on the slopes!”  

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