The manufacturer had noticed a significant uplift in domestic customers wishing to upgrade their patios and driveways rather than splash out on foreign holidays.
Increased demand for facing brick and retaining wall and paving products has resulted in a leading manufacturer ramping up its production by more than 20%.
AG (formerly Acheson & Glover) claimed post-lockdown trading had been ‘very encouraging’ with all regions and sectors ahead of projections.
CEO, Stephen Acheson, said the company had noticed a significant uplift in domestic customers wishing to upgrade their patios and driveways rather than splash out on foreign holidays.
While admitting the lockdown had impacted sales severely in the second quarter, the recovery since had been very encouraging.
One of the big factors has been the fact the UK and Irish commercial construction sectors were able to return to work more quickly than initially anticipated, leading sales of AG’s facing brick and retaining walls to grow at record levels.
“We are especially pleased at the way the housebuilding market has responded to our recently launched Woodward Facing Brick range which – in just a short period of time – has established itself as our most popular choice," said Acheson.
"Our feedback has shown builders really like it due to its frog depression on the top face which makes it lighter and easier to handle. In Britain there has been very strong demand for our Segmental Retaining Wall products with significant interest from large, national housebuilders and smaller, regional housebuilders, converting into solid sales for these products.”
Among the commercial schemes throughout the UK and Ireland where AG products have been chosen are: Elms Field Regeneration Scheme, Wokingham; King’s School Macclesfield; Whitehouse Health Centre, Milton Keynes; Luneside Student Accommodation; New Curragh Racecourse Grand Stand, Co Kildare; Dublin City University; Craigavon Paediatric Unit; Banbridge Health Centre and Jaguar Landrover, Dungannon.