10,000 bricks for state of the art development in Cork

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10,000 bricks for state of the art development in Cork

The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has supplied 10,000 specially manufactured bricks for two new state-of-the-art developments in the Cork area of the Republic of Ireland.

York Handmade, based at Alne, near Easingwold, is providing bricks for a unique residential development by County Cork builders McCarthy Quality Homes and for a large hi-spec new home in Cork city centre, built by Colm Desmond Construction.

The company, the leading UK small independent brickmaker, is supplying the bricks through Finbarr McCarthy of Rubix Building Products in County Cork.
Finbarr explained: “Our company aims, where at all possible, to source and promote sustainable and natural products, which have a higher spec than you would normally find in a builders’ merchants.

“We are aiming to attract the discerning client, either architect or owner, who can see the value in natural products like slate, clay tile and clay brick. I have dealt with the excellent York Handmade Brick Company on and off over the past 20 years and this has given me the confidence in both the product and the people.

“York Handmade bricks have that kerb appeal, which make people go ‘Wow, that’s what I want’. We are not interested in volume-driven products – we much prefer York Handmade’s utterly unique clay bricks. And so do our customers.

“When I started my own company in 2018, I knew that York Handmade were one of the manufacturers I wanted to work with, so I contacted them to see could we promote their products. These two splendid high-end Cork developments are the result.

“We are tremendously pleased with the results and are delighted that we have re-established a route into the Irish market for York Handmade again.”
David Armitage, the chairman of York Handmade Brick, commented: “We are exceptionally pleased that our bricks have been such a success in the Republic of Ireland and thank Finbarr McCarthy and Rubix Building Products for their faith and confidence in us.

“York Handmade has been making award-winning bricks for over 35 years now and we have predominantly supplied customers in the United Kingdom. To re-establish a connection in the Republic of Ireland is magnificent news and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with Finbarr and making many more bricks for homes and developments in County Cork.

“I’d particularly like to thank Tim Bristow, a founding member of York Handmade and a superb salesman, for his work on securing these Cork contracts and ensuring they have been a success.

“In the past we have had great success across the border in Northern Ireland winning the Supreme Award in the Brick Awards, the Oscars of the brick industry, for supplying the bricks for St Brigid’s Church in Belfast.”

York Handmade has recently invested £1.5 million in brand-new machinery which has transformed how the company makes bricks.

David Armitage explained: “Over the years, we have undertaken significant technological improvements, culminating in this £1.5 million overhaul and renewal of our manufacturing process, which will speed up production, facilitate two brand-new products and increase efficiency.”

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York Handmade Brick has excellent credentials in supplying bricks to high quality self build homes. Choosing the correct cladding for your property is vital to achieving the appearance for the house that you have in mind. By using a genuine York Handmade brick you can ensure the building has all the charm and character of traditional buildings of the past. Our Maxima Range of long bricks are in strong demand for self builds of a more contemporary design.
York Handmade Brick have the capability to either replicate or make to design bricks of all shapes and sizes in a variety of colours and textures to match or create the product required. We are fortunate enough to have manufactured bricks for several award winning heritage projects conserving the glory of the buildings for generations to come.
Our Maxima range or long format bricks have been in great demand in commercial and public type buildings. We can make these bricks to the architects specification in terms of size, colour, texture and shape as we have in the jobs shown in this gallery.