Soaring demand for bricks has persuaded brick maker Ibstock to revive its plans to build a new £60m factory in the West Midlands.
Plan for the Atlas site in Aldridge were put on hold due to the Covid pandemic and have now been upgraded.
A wire cut clay brick factory will replace the current Atlas site, while there are major upgrdes planned for the Aldridge brick factory. The work will mean annual capacity of 115 million bricks and is due to be completed in the second half of 2023.
Joe Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Ibstock said: ”We’ve made an encouraging start to 2021, supported by robust demand in both the new build housing and RMI markets. With the market outlook now clearer, we are refocusing on growth.
“Redevelopment of our wire cut brick facilities in the West Midlands will deliver a significant capacity expansion, further demonstrating our leadership in the clay brick market, which is expected to continue its long-term growth over time.”