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Bricking it: blocks from demolished buildings being recycled amid national shortage

The Delaney Marling Partnership has already recycled enough bricks for over 20 homes. Image: Delaney Marling Partnership

Already 140,000 bricks from the demo site in Hull have been saved – enough to build approximately 20 new homes. It comes after the construction industry downturn led to a drop in production, leaving housebuilders with business now on the up, caught short.

Delaney Marling Partnership, chartered surveyors in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, have been working on a demolition project at Ideal Boilers in Hull. They are recycling the remains of the demolished buildings in order to allow properties to be built elsewhere in the country. With between 4,500 and 6,000 bricks required for a new home, they have already collected enough for 20 new buildings.

Kevin Marling of the Delaney Marling Partnership said: “There is currently a major shortage of building materials in the UK, especially brickwork. This is a national issue caused by reduced production during the construction downturn. Rather than seeing projects fall behind, construction firms are making use of reconditioned supplies within the market place. 

“The demolition of the foundry and old manufacturing buildings, shower block and occupational health building will now make way for modernised facilities. The disused bricks will be cleaned up and palletised then transported to the Midlands to a central distribution depot.”

“The materials collected from this site will however be used for patch repairs and extensions on similar older buildings that require improvement. Any material found to be unsuitable for building will be crushed and used as a sub layer for roads and other buildings. Nothing will go to waste or landfill.”

Earlier this year, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said almost 40 per cent of the surveyors it polled cited shortages as slowing activity, saying bricks and concrete blocks in particular were in short supply.

Steve Winn project manager at Ideal Boilers, added: “We are delighted that we are able to recycle the old buildings. As a business we are committed to energy efficiency and where ever possible remain both eco-friendly and economical which is why we have chosen to recycle rather than send anything to landfill.”

By Lucy

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