Persimmon lays foundations for new brick factory

The UK’s leading housebuilder, Persimmon plc, has started to lay the foundations of a manufacturing facility that will produce materials for a future generation of homes in Harworth and the rest of the UK.

Bassetlaw District Council granted planning permission to Persimmon in March 2016 to create a manufacturing plant that will eventually produce bricks, roof tiles and timber frames for its core housebuilding business.

The first stage of the project, a brick factory which will manufacture approx. 400k bricks per day, is expected to create up to 30 jobs as part of a long-term £10 million investment. Work is also currently underway on a three-story building comprising office space, a training and conference centre and welfare facilities for staff.

The new factory is being built on the former Glass Bulbs Site in Harworth and will bring back into use a former redundant brownfield site.

The new plant will manufacture materials that will be used on Persimmon’s 250-home development in Harworth. This site is in addition to the Government supported Harworth Housing Zone which will see around 1,500 homes constructed in the coming years.

Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“The UK’s leading house builder has started to lay the foundations for the continued growth of its business in Bassetlaw. We welcome the creation of new jobs and back Persimmon’s commitment to significantly invest in this area.

“This is great news for Harworth and will build on the success the area has already experienced with Housing Zone Status, along with the recent planning permission that has been granted for a large employment site.”

Jeff Fairburn, Group CEO, Persimmon plc, said the factory was an exciting development for the business and a logical next step.

“The Harworth-based plant will manufacture up to 80 million bricks every year for our businesses across the UK as well as block paving. It is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2017 with production ramped up from then on. At the moment, we estimate that between 25 and 30 new jobs will be created at the factory.”

Persimmon creates new communities across the UK from 29 regional offices.  The firm employs over 4,000 people.

Published: Wednesday 04 January 2017