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15/04/2019

Green Light For New £95m Forterra Facility

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UK building materials supplier Forterra has been granted planning approval for a new £95 million facility in Desford, Leicestershire.

Subject to conditions and a legal agreement, the company will double its production capacity at its Desford plant, transforming it into the largest and most efficient brick factory in Europe.

With a current output of 85 million bricks per year, the Desford plant's production capacity is set to double in the next three years as a result of the investment to 180 million bricks annually – enough to build 24,000 average-sized family homes. On a company-wide scale, this will increase overall brick production capacity by 16%. 

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This will be achieved via the construction of a new, modern facility with state-of-the-art automated processes that will minimise the plant's environmental impact. The new premises will be built alongside the current factory, ensuring that the latter remains operational in order to maintain production during the changeover. 

Situated just two miles from the M1 with excellent transport links, the modernised Desford site will offer a range of red and buff bricks designed to meet the demands of housebuilders. 

Forterra Chief Executive Stephen Harrison said: "As one of Britain's biggest manufacturers of building products, we endeavour to set the benchmark in terms of manufacturing efficiency, output and sustainability. 

"In keeping with our strategic focus on manufacturing excellence, our new facility's modern manufacturing methods will allow us to respond to our customers' increasing demand for products as the rate of housebuilding continues to accelerate nationwide. 

"We have every confidence that this project marks a sound, long-term investment in the future of both Forterra and UK housebuilding."

Production is expected to commence in 2022.

(CM/JG)

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