New brick born for council housing development
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing
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A council housing development has led to the birth of a new type of brick.
Nottingham City Home's 400-home scheme will use five million of the new bricks, called the 'Nottingham City Red'.
Named after the very scheme they are being used in - an industry first - the building blocks have been selected for their traditional style, which is sympathetic to existing Nottingham architecture.
Company Weinerberger is producing the brick from its Denton factory in Greater Manchester. It is based on a modification to a brick that was previously made at the factory.
Councillor Alex Ball said: “We are really excited that this programme has been able to bring this brick into production. These new homes are just part of the Building a Better Nottingham programme, which is currently seeing £1bn being invested in regeneration schemes and transport infrastructure to transform Nottingham’s future.”
NCH says the deal with Weinerberg means the Building a Better Nottingham scheme will always have ample supply of bricks to help keep the programme on schedule - will also save nearly £100,000 over the lifetime of the project.
Nick Murphy, NCH's chief executive, said: “The Building a Better Nottingham scheme is a landmark programme of council house building for the city, and will have a hugely positive impact on our local communities.
“To have a brick named after the scheme shows just how significant it is. Now the Nottingham City Red is in production, other developers will have the opportunity to use a material that reflects an era of architecture and design, widely prevalent in Nottingham and other cities across the country.”
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