Marshalls invests £20m in pioneering dual-block plant

by Samiyah Mokaddus

Marshalls has kicked off a major expansion of one of its sites with a new innovative dual-block plant set to transform capacity and boost product innovation in the hard-landscaping industry.

The hard-landscaping firm is investing a total of £20m over two years in the new plant at St Ives, Cambridgeshire, becoming the first in the UK to install the technology.

Not only will this project increase capacity, but it also represents a significant investment in new product innovation from Marshalls, enabling more diversity of unique finishes and increasing customer choice.

Martyn Coffey, CEO of Marshalls, said: “In January, we announced we would be investing over £30m in our business this year – this project forms part of that exciting programme of work.

“Our investment in this development is an investment for our customers – giving them access to an increased supply of the products they already know and value, as well as introducing them to new innovations and industry firsts.”

Coffey added: “By investing heavily in our UK manufacturing capabilities, we are giving people more opportunities to source products from mainland Britain with less reliance on imports.

“This not only supports British jobs and reduces lead times, but it also has a significant impact on the carbon footprint of materials and the resulting projects.”

The dual block plant is in addition to the existing plant at St Ives, and is expected to create an additional 200% manufacturing capacity.

The machinery is expected to be installed throughout the first half of the year, with the first block produced by the end of summer 2022.

Image: Aerial view of the Marshalls site


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