An innovative company is aiming to create 100 new jobs after developing a new building product in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.
Stephen Waring, the owner of Monolith Brick & Stone Ltd, on St Asaph Business Park, in Denbighshire, says his firm is fine-tuning the pioneering prototype ahead of the official launch in the autumn.
The new product is a panel of 12 brick slips held together by an integrated mesh fused into the bricks. When fitted they provide a non-combustible façade to a building.
They fit together like a jigsaw and can reduce labour costs dramatically because they are so quick to apply.
The product can be used in the construction of new buildings or be applied to existing properties.
Mr Waring believes he can create 100 roles with the development of the new product.
He revealed there was already much demand from developers, construction firms and public bodies across the UK and beyond because there is nothing like it on the market.
Brick slips with a pre-populated carrier integrated within the brick is a first in the construction industry.
Since the Grenfell Tower tragedy many building projects have come to a halt as a result of safety fears.
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Mr Waring said: “This new product is timely, and in many ways, was driven by the recent events which happened in London.
"That concentrated our mind to look at a product which removes the flammable materials that people have been historically using.
“There is a real need at the moment to have a brick façade system that actually has the mesh integrated into the brick.
“Alternatively, bricks could be bonded onto a mesh but this then requires a glue which invariably creates potential fire risks.
“Nevertheless, we have been able to incorporate the mesh within the brick slip, eliminating the need for any glue. It’s something we’ve been able to achieve because of our ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
“Because of the understandable fears and the perceptions about safety following the Grenfell Tower disaster, the availability of this new product will reinforce peace of mind that developers, specifiers and of the course the public are looking for.
"We are already seeing much interest because many construction projects have been paused until proper solutions have been found.
“Nevertheless, from our point of view, it is vitally important we go through our own due diligence processes so it will be a couple of months before we’re ready to launch the new product.
“Once we have dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s we’ll be able to ramp up production quickly, and if things go as we anticipate we will be creating 100 new jobs during the next 24 months.
“Thank you very much BCC for the very impressive office refurbishment you have done for us. With experience in suspended ceilings and partitions your advice helped us to make the right choices for what we needed. The whole project was made very easy for myself.”
“We have used BCC a number of times and they deliver a very quick turn around but not sacrificing a very high standard of work. We will definitely continue to use BCC."