Building materials manufacturers Hanson are to open a new £50 million brick factory at Measham in Leicestershire.
The soft mud plant, which will initially have the capacity to produce 100m bricks a year, has already begun commissioning trials and will be fully operational by the end of the Summer.
It’s built on brownfield land, formerly a landfill and stock site for the old Red Bank brick works which Hanson closed last year. The new Measham plant features a low energy, low waste production process, including a kiln heat recycling system to maximise heat recovery and reduce gas consumption and uses natural light and ventilation.
David Szymanski, managing director of Hanson UK’s building products division, said: “In the old days this would have been called a brick works. But this is definitely a brick factory. It’s very much state of the art using proven technology. Plus, it’s smack bang in the middle of the UK, so in terms of delivery and logistics, it’s perfect.
“It’s very energy efficient with gas as the main fuel for the kilns and our wasteage – there’s always some – is likely to be no more than 1%. It’s also labour-efficient. WWith a capacity for 100m bricks a year, it’s manned by just 28 people. Our old factory at Stewartby used 221 people to make the same number.”
Over the last 18 months Hanson has closed seven of the older, less efficient production plants.