Booming housing market drives brick shortage

Manchester Brick Specialists

The cost of building work has risen since the start of the pandemic as the price of building materials has soared.

We rely heavily on imported clay and cement with approximately 85% of all come from the EU. Covid and Brexit have significantly intensified brick shortages. The shortage of construction materials for bricks, concrete blocks, and roofing tiles are currently threatening to destabilise the industry. The industry stockpiled for a while but soon had to reduce the production of bricks by closing their factories. British brickmakers were forced to close their plants and reduce their workforce by half.

According to statistics, the average home has 5,180 bricks. It is estimated that 300,000 homes are needed to be built every year to relieve the housing shortage. This means that 1.4 billion bricks would be needed.

Local and national housing plans such as Greater Manchester’s placesforeveryone and the Governments ‘Help to Buy’ scheme are trying to help fund and build the housing shortage. 

However, this has contributed to the growing brick demand and continues to outstrip the availability. People across the country are needing bricks for their construction needs. The country has been at a halt for the past 18 months, with the lack of material imported bringing a stop to the brick production industry in the UK.

As the demand for bricks intensifies, you can always rely on Manchester Brick Specialists for your developments. We have a variety of brick types for whatever the project is. Check out what’s available here to help you choose the right type of brick for your construction.

Shropshire Red Bricks – Neutral Mortar

SHROPSHIRE

Enjoy the charm of this timeless brick. Featuring a classic colour, handmade to perfect brick specifications, this traditional coloured Shropshire Redbrick is suitable for commercial or domestic use. The hand-made quality ensures that each brick is unique in colour and texture, creating an individual aesthetic that blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

Shropshire

Enjoy the charm of this timeless brick. Featuring a classic colour, handmade to perfect brick specifications, this traditional coloured Shropshire Redbrick is suitable for commercial or domestic use. The hand-made quality ensures that each brick is unique in colour and texture, creating an individual aesthetic that blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

Shropshire Red Bricks – Neutral Mortar

Saffron

The Saffron is a light-coloured handmade brick effect with warm edges to give it a real contemporary look. Made using traditional methods to provide a beautiful colour with an irregular texture and a durable surface.

Saffron Bricks – Neutral Mortar
Chantry Blend Bricks – Neutral Mortar

chantry

Open your door to the world of handmade brick with the Chantry Blend. This beautiful handmade brick creates a style and charm all its own for your home. It’s affordable, easy to install, and available for delivery.

 

chantry

Open your door to the world of handmade brick with the Chantry Blend. This beautiful handmade brick creates a style and charm all its own for your home. It’s affordable, easy to install, and available for delivery.

 

Chantry Blend Bricks – Neutral Mortar

We understand how things have been for construction workers, architects, and construction managers the past year and we are here to make things easier with the bricks that we have to offer. You will be able to rely on us for all your brick-related needs.

Where Can I Buy?

Once you’ve decided which brick you want and you’re ready to buy, there are plenty of places to buy our bricks from, either directly from us or your local builders’ merchant such as Jewson, Howarth-Timber and Travis Perkins.

“We have quickly developed a global network of manufacturers that we work closely with to develop brick types which are made to look olde-worlde or reclaimed.”

Dean Royle, Managing Director