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  • Concern Over Mass Shortage of Bricks

    According to The Telegraph, Great Britain is currently facing a major shortage of essential building materials like bricks, and with a surge in demand for more homes to be developed in the next year it couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) commented that a "lack of materials risked scuppering the ability of construction firms to keep pace with new orders."

    So where has this shortage of essentials come from? Well, according to the FMB this shortage came about when manufacturers decided to delay production during the recession due to a decrease in sales. The FMB also said it was "taking some time to resume production at previous levels following the uplift in demand."

    A report published by the FMB showed that employment and workload statistics had increased in 2014. However, the Chief Executive Brian Berry said that "rising building costs and material shortages were cause for concern."

    He also mentioned how orders placed by much larger firms were often prioritised over those from small to medium (SMEs) businesses by manufacturers.

    He intervened when it was revealed that severe weather conditions and the rise in demand for homes had an impact on materials on a national scale, raising prices significantly.

    Berry said: "although our latest snapshot is the fourth successive quarter showing positive results for workloads, employment and enquiries, this could be undermined by a spike in prices and costs. Material prices are generally around 10% higher across the board with small construction firms highlighting timber products such as sheet materials and timber fencing as being particularly expensive."

    "The increase in price of timber fencing is largely due to the severe storms that battered the UK during the winter."
    Berry went on to say that "added to this are concerns over the ready supply of particular materials such as bricks, which could scupper the ability of SME house builders to plug the shortfall in housing supply – this at a time when we need to rapidly increase the number of new homes."

    "Small house builders report that brick manufacturers are asking them to wait until the beginning of 2015 for new orders of bricks and our members perceive this prolonged delay to be a decision to prioritise brick orders from large house builders."

    "If this problem continues, SME house builders may be forced to build with alternative materials such as render of risk stalling sites for the rest of this year."

    FMB Policy Manager Sarah McMonagle said that in one particular case Chris Carr, the Chairman of the trade body’s home builders’ group, was "waiting for up to eight months for a new order of bricks."

    She continued: "It means that sites he has permission to build on will be stalled until then. During the recession the brick manufacturers had to mothball their kilns and that can take some time to get going again."

    "That is something the brick manufacturers were warned against – that when the recession was over it would take them a while to get back to full capacity."

    If you are impacted by the national shortage or if you are looking to purchase essential building materials and supplies, we can help. Here at Condell LTD we stock and supply a full range of materials to all businesses, small and large. Within our range you will find everything from bricks and timber to IG lintels; ideal for builders and projects all around the UK.

    Please feel free to browse through our products and if you have any queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

  • New Reclaimation Imperial Yellow Stock Bricks Available for Local Delivery

    Imperial Yellow Stock Brick


    This brick is an imperial new yellow stock specially made to reproduce second hand yellow stocks which are now not only scarce but of a poor quality.

    We are offering these for local delivery:

    • £0.78 each
    • x1,000 - £0,.58 each
    • x10,000 - £0.40 each

    Please order via our website www.condell-ltd.com or phone our sales office on 020 8641 4288.

    Please note that your site must be able to take delivery via an articulated lorry if you are ordering a full load of bricks.

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