The first batch of bricks have rolled off the production line at Hanson UK’s new £50 million brick factory at Measham in Leicestershire.
The plant is the largest ‘soft-mud’ brick plant in Europe, and uses locally sourced recycled raw materials and the latest low energy, low waste technology to make bricks with the lowest embodied CO2 available.
The factory can produce 30,000 bricks an hour and uses just 28 staff to do so.
Hanson Building Products managing director David Szymanski and Travis Perkins chief operating officer, John Carter saw the first load of Atherstone Red off the production line and onto the delivery vehicles.
Carter said: “I have always appreciated the country’s affection for bricks and it is great to see that this tradition can continue in the 21st century with Measham producing bricks for low carbon construction.”