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Boris Johnson visits Ibstock’s redeveloped factory

Brick maker Ibstock hosted a visit from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, at its redeveloped Chesterton factory on 29 September.

Boris Johnson visits Ibstock's redeveloped factory

The Mayor took a hands-on approach to learn more about the products the company manufactures and its journey from kiln to house, even taking the opportunity to create his own handmade brick.

The brick maker’s Everyday Special range is used across a range of housing and commercial projects and is proving popular for London’s housing developments.

Johnson said: “With the construction industry booming, it’s been fascinating to see first-hand where the building materials used across London’s building projects begin their journey.

“Ibstock is a great example of successful manufacturing, providing local jobs, and supporting the current boom in construction both in London and across the UK.”

In preparation for the return to growth in the UK’s construction industry, Ibstock invested more than £22million in the redevelopment of its factory in Chesterton.

The redevelopment created 80 factory-related jobs and offers opportunities for the local community for the next 25 years.

John Richards, sales and marketing director at Ibstock, said: “It was a great privilege to welcome the Mayor of London to our flagship site, not only to showcase the products which are supporting a resurgence in construction in the capital and across the country, but to demonstrate the full capabilities that brick plays in the creation of sustainable and spectacular buildings.

“Indeed, the real value of brick is not to be underestimated and from its thermal credentials to aesthetic appeal, it will continue to enhance built environments up and down the country for many, many years to come.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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