Nottingham City Homes tells Jeremy Vine “we’re prepared”!
BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show was discussing the country’s brick shortage today and how the industry will cope with the ever-increasing need to build more homes. Our client Nottingham City Homes had the foresight last year to prepare itself for a potential bricks shortage, and like all good scouts made sure they were ‘always prepared’. Want to know a bit more? Have a look at their story below.
A SCHEME to build nearly 400 new council homes in Nottingham has brought a traditional red brick back into production.
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 with responsibility 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.
“To have a brick named after the scheme shows just how significant it is. Now the Nottingham City Red is back in production, other developers will have the opportunity to use a material that reflects an era of architecture and design, widely prevalent in Nottingham and other cities across the country.”
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.
Joanne Jamieson, Regional Managing Director for Wates Living Space, commented: “We were very keen to use our role in Nottingham’s new building programme to deliver cost efficiencies through our supply chain.
The deal with Weinerberg means Nottingham City Homes will always have ample supply of bricks to help keep the programme on schedule. The deal will also save NCH nearly £100,000 over the lifetime of the scheme.
Ian Caddick, National Sales Director – Key Accounts at Wienerberger, who set up the deal on behalf of the company, said “We are proud to be involved in such a significant housing project. At the heart of what we do is a commitment to customer service, which is why we have developed this brick to the exacting requirements of the client, and named it after the scheme”.
For more information on the Building a Better Nottingham scheme, please visit the website: www.buildingnottingham.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @BuildingNottm.