Project details

The Hanson brick factory is a £54 million facility with the capacity to produce 100 million bricks a year. It also features a low energy, low waste production process, including a kiln heat recycling system to maximise heat recovery and reduce gas consumption.

  • Client: SDC
  • Project: Hanson Brickworks Sub and Super Structures
  • Location: Measham
  • Sector: Manufacturing
  • Value: £4.7m
  • Contract Duration: 30 weeks
  • Service: Civil Engineering, Groundworks


We undertook the work at Hanson Brickworks, Measham, as part of a £4.75million contract with SDC. Our 30-week contract period, included: enabling works, installation of large diameter storm drainage, substructures, superstructures and external works.

Over 20,000m2 of existing concrete and tarmac hardstandings were lifted and crushed for use as a piling mat and capping, before bulk earthworks reduce level dig in excess of 15,000m3 to complete the enabling works for the project. The substructure were then created by placing 10,000m3 of structural concrete and pad foundations with 800 tonnes of reinforcement, before laying machine bases and 22,000m2 of floor slab.

A section of the floor slab was poured in one day, involving the placing of 1,100m3 of concrete over a 2200m2 slab for a chamber dryer. The large quantity of concrete required 2 no 52m boom concrete pumps to maintain the required output and ensure that concrete was placed in the working day. Key to our success was being able to co-ordinate simultaneous concrete deliveries from five separate plants, while making sure that the traffic management was thoroughly organised.

Four bunker cells, each consisting of 14m high reinforced concrete walls were then constructed to form the superstructure of the Hanson Brickworks, and final external works consisted of 10,000m3 of bulk earthworks, installing over 750m of attenuation storm drainage ranging from 600mm to 1200mm diameter plus 10,000m2 of concrete road and hardstanding.


“We have worked with O’Brien on a number of projects now, their work is first class, our projects have always received the highest attention to detail.”

Mark Hawes, Hanson UK