Forterra Desford Brickworks Facility – Civil and Structural Engineering Design

SECTOR: Industrial
SECTOR: Structural Engineering

Project Summary

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JPP was in charge of delivering the civil and structural engineering design of Forterra’s new Desford factory in Leicestershire which, officially opened in May 2023. Once at full capacity, the Desford factory will be able to manufacture 180 million bricks per annum, enough to produce 25,000 homes and provide customers with an additional 120 million domestically produced bricks compared to the old factory’s previous output.  The Desford factory is the biggest, most efficient brick factory in Europe.  For more information on this projects, go to

Our team provided engineering and consulting advice to Forterra as they progressed the multi-million-pound state of the art plant to be integrated into this new operation, where coordination and clear communication lines were key.

JPP were involved from the very concept of the scheme assisting with potential site layouts and advising on key engineering matters such as the complex mix of ground conditions and how to phase a staged demolition and new build construction on the site, to maximise production continuity.

Structural Engineering works included interfacing with large site lagoons, construction of clay preparation buildings, conveyors, 30m tall chimney stacks, scrubbers, extensive external storage yards and at the heart of the scheme the 200m x 90m new main product building. This building will house 3 separate heavy crane systems, horizontal kiln lines and associated plant, a phased demolition / temporary works scheme was required over the construction period.

JPP’s role also included pre-planning, temporary works design, civil, structural, and architectural support.

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