We're building the biggest and most efficient brick factory in Europe

Keeping Britain Building with a £95 million investment

A £95 million project to transform our Desford plant into Europe’s largest and most efficient brick factory began in September 2019 and the first bricks are expected to roll off the new production line in 2022.

Minimising the environmental impact of brick production

The new facility will incorporate state-of-the-art processes to deliver market-leading efficiency and sustainability credentials that minimise the environmental impact of both the plant and its products.

At the heart of the plant’s efficiency will be two new kilns using cutting-edge technology to reduce energy consumption and emissions. They will also allow Forterra the flexibility to adjust output in line with demand.

16% increase in brick production capacity to support Britain’s housebuilders

This most modern of plants will produce a variety of red and buff bricks to support Britain’s residential construction needs.

The Leicestershire site, which is conveniently situated just two miles from the M1, currently produces 85 million bricks per year, but this is set to more than double to 180 million. That’s enough bricks to build 24,000 average family-sized homes.

It will increase Forterra’s overall brick production by 16%.

Producing 0.7 billion bricks per annum by 2022

Desford is the centrepiece of Forterra’s organic growth strategy. When production commences at the new plant in 2022, it will see Forterra’s brick capacity reach approximately 700 million bricks per annum.

To ensure there is no break in brick production, the new premises are being constructed alongside the existing factory, which will remain operational until the new plant is fully up and running.

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This most modern of plants will produce a variety of red and buff bricks to support Britain’s residential construction needs.