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Connect Yorkshire member The York Handmade Brick Company has reported the most successful 12 months in its 30-year history following work on a number of prestigious projects.

The brick maker, based in at Alne, near Easingwold, reported a record £2.73m turnover in 2019, up 9 per cent on 2018.

York Handmade has worked on a range of projects during the past 12 months, including St Albans Cathedral; Jesus College and Magdalene College, Cambridge; Lancer Square in Kensington, London; and a prestigious housing project in Slingsby, near York.

Chairman David Armitage said: “The last 12 months have proved to be excellent for us, despite all the political uncertainty surrounding Brexit. We have flourished, with some prestigious commissions in London, Cambridge and, of course, Yorkshire.

Our success has enabled us to invest in a new dryer, which will speed up the production process and make us more efficient.

“Looking ahead, it is encouraging to report that brick remains the building material of choice for many architects and specifiers across the UK. Provided the economy recovers from the Coronavirus crisis, we anticipate a successful end to 2020. Two London projects, one in Mayfair and one in King’s Cross, are especially exciting.”

Armitage added that the success in 2019 would enable the company to “tackle the tough challenges posed by coronavirus head on”.

“I have now been in the brick industry for 60 years and am old enough to have experienced feast then famine and vice versa,” he said. “In this context, we remain confident, but not complacent, that we can ride out this vicious storm and emerge stronger. Our order book for this year is healthy, with a number of exciting commissions on the horizon.”


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