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Brickworks marks 25 years’ progress
A BRICK manufacturer from North Yorkshire is celebrating 25 years of working on some of Britain’s most iconic buildings.
York Handmade, which has worked on projects such as The Shard and Highbury football stadium in London, and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, was founded by chairman and manager director David Armitage in 1988.
Previously the Alne Brick Company, based in Forest Lane, Alne, near Easingwold, York Handmade now has an annual turnover of £2m and employs 25 staff.
Mr Armitage said: “It has been a hugely enjoyable, though challenging, 25 years.
“We have grown from a very small brick factory in a North Yorkshire village to a successful and award-winning brick company that is well-known and respected on the national stage. The progress we have made in the past 25 years would not have been possible without the loyal service and dedicated expertise of York Handmade’s management team and our skilled employees in the factory and we owe them all a great deal.”
When York Handmade started in 1988, the company inherited a derelict factory primarily engaged in the production of drainage tiles for agricultural purposes.
Mr Armitage said: “Like every other SME in the construction industry, York Handmade has had to fight hard over the past five years to stay in business and to progress.
“We feel we have succeeded in that prime objective and are well placed to go forward for the next 25 years with confidence.”
York Handmade has also won numerous Brick Awards awarded by the Brick Development Association in conjunction with Building magazine, including for their work on Tupgill Cellar at the Forbidden Corner, near Middleham in North Yorkshire.
Mr Armitage said: “It is important to stress that our winning entries were completely different jobs in design and execution, graphically illustrating our ability to work in a wide variety of colours and styles.
“We believe we can tackle any brickwork project successfully.”
In 2009 the company was short-listed for the Best Educational Building award for its work on De Grey Court at York St John University.
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