Housing Secretary James Brokenshire MP opens Ibstock’s new brick factory, which could help build up to 15,000 new homes a year.
Ibstock Brick, the UK’s largest brick manufacturer, has welcomed the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, to formally open its new factory in Ibstock, Leicestershire.
The new factory, which has been named Eclipse, will more than double brick production at the company’s Leicestershire headquarters to 190 million soft mud bricks a year. The new factory alone will provide sufficient volume to build 10,000 to 15,000 additional new homes each year.
Opening the factory, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Communities, said: “This Government is determined to build a housing market fit for the future, and Ibstock Brick’s new factory will play an important role in the construction supply chain, supporting housebuilding across the country.
“Producing around 100 million more bricks a year, the site will not only support the local economy and provide local jobs, but will also help us to build the next generation of homes our country needs.”
The leading brickmaker currently produces more than 850 million bricks a year at 20 factories across the UK. The Secretary of State was accompanied by Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire.
The new Eclipse factory is located on an old landfill site and covers an area the size of six football pitches.
Caption: Joe Hudson (Chief Executive Officer of Ibstock PLC), The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP (Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government) and Andrew Bridgen (MP for North West Leicestershire).