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Bricks made the traditional way

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Traditional brick making methods

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of the finest handmade, wirecut and pressed bricks, Imperial Bricks specialise in producing a growing range with a strong focus on regional variations, in imperial and metric sizes.

Using traditional manufacturing methods, our skilled brickmakers expertly reproduce brick colours and textures found across the UK over the past 500 years, making our bricks perfect for the restoration, renovation and conservation of period properties, whilst offering an authentic look for new build projects.

We require all of our manufacturing partners meet and evidence at least four of the key internationally recognised standards for product quality, sustainability and ethical supply.

As a long-standing SEDEX member, Imperial Bricks has always insisted its supply partners carry out SEDEX audits where relevant. The audits are totally independent, internationally recognised and meet the guidelines of the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code. SEDEX audits are seen as the benchmark for ethical trading/health and safety.

This policy/process is formalised to ensure our partners meet at least four of the following standards (the top three are mandatory):

  1. SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) Report
  2. Anti-Modern Slavery Policy
  3. UKCA/CE Mark – CPR Compliance in Clay brick products
  4. ISO 9001 – Business Quality Management System
  5. BES 6001 – Responsible Sourcing
  6. ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System
  7. ISO 45001 – Health and Safety Management System

Currently, 80% of our factories have already achieved all of the standards listed above. The remainder are working to meet these standards from 1st April 2021, as part of our ongoing supply chain development policy.

We are happy to demonstrate full transparency of our supply chain to individual customers under an NDA agreement, to show that our factories meet or exceed the key requirements.

Imperial is able to stipulate and develop these high standards thanks to the long-term, exclusive trading relationships established with our partners situated across Europe and Asia.

We work with these manufacturers over many years, so our customers throughout the supply chain – merchants, specifiers, builders and developers – can be confident our bricks are made ethically and to the highest quality, and reliably supplied.

Our highly experienced team has over 150 years of brick expertise collectively and we are always happy to offer expert advice.

We can supply brick samples for your consideration, as well as offer a brick matching service or specialist conservation advice.