Britains brick shortage has been causing a major headache for construction companies in the UK
At a time when the construction industry is suffering a national brick shortage, a scheme to build nearly 400 new council homes in Nottingham has brought a traditional red brick back into production to protect them against Britains brick shortage.
Five million of the new bricks will be used to build brand new council homes across Nottingham, and have even been named after the scheme – an industry first.
The ‘Nottingham City Red’ brick, which hasn’t been in production for many years, was selected for its traditional style, sympathetic to existing Nottingham architecture.
One of the country’s leading providers of wall, roof and landscaping materials, Weinerberger, is producing the Nottingham City Red from its Denton factory in Greater Manchester.
It is based on a modification to a brick that was previously made at the factory, which meets the bespoke needs of the Building a Better Nottingham scheme.
Councillor Alex Ball, Nottingham City Council’s Executive Assistant for housing and regeneration, said: “We are really excited that this programme has been able to bring this brick back into production. These new homes are just part of the Building a Better Nottingham programme, which is currently seeing £1bn being invested in regeneration schemes and transport infrastructure to transform Nottingham’s future.”
Nick Murphy, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: “The Building a Better Nottingham scheme is a landmark programme of council house building for the city, and will have a hugely positive impact on our local communities.
The 65mm wirecut brick is being produced at a rate to meet the requirements of the Building a Better Nottingham scheme. It has been designed to reflect the Victorian heritage of the city, while meeting modern performance standards.
Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) construction partner, Wates Living Space, is currently working in Radford to build 52 family homes. It was with Wates’ support that NCH found the right manufacturer to create the Nottingham City Red.
The deal with Weinerberg means the Building a Better Nottingham scheme will always have ample supply of bricks meaning they are not stopped by Britains brick shortage. The deal will also save NCH nearly £100,000 over the lifetime of the scheme.
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