Group of people in safety gear watching tile making demonstration
Carver of clay creating a clay dinosaur on Heritage Open Day

Sustainability Case Studies

Explore our case studies and discover how we are transitioning to a net-zero, nature-positive business in partnership with our people, our partners and our communities.

Cross-collaboration

How investigating combustion efficiency and heat flows identified opportunities to cut carbon emissions

Wienerberger UK partnered with British Steel, Heatcatcher Limited and Low Carbon Europe Limited in a knowledge exchange project, co-ordinated by The Materials Processing Institute.

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Welcoming our community for Heritage Open Days, Ewhurst

Moving forward together

Category: Our Communities
Location: Ewhurst, Surrey

In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 Wienerberger’s Ewhurst factory has opened its doors to the public for Heritage Open Day (a day run by the National Trust as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Festival). Visitors were offered educational guided tours of Ewhurst’s brick and tile factory and could get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of our highly skilled Heritage Services team.

Celebrating culture with Sixteen Thousand Bricks, Broomfleet & City of Hull

Moving forward together

Category: Our Communities
Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

The Hull UK City of Culture 2017 team joined forces with Wienerberger and the No Limits learning programme to develop The Sixteen Thousand project. Wienerberger donated 16 tonnes of unfired clay bricks to 151 nursery schools across Hull, provided children with tutorials in clay carving, then fired the 16,000 bricks at Wienerberger’s Broomfleet factory. The individually carved bricks formed a public art exhibition at C4Di building at Hull Marina. 

Donation to Ewhurst CofE Infant School, Ewhurst

Moving forward together

Category: Our Communities
Location: Ewhurst, Surrey

In 2016, Wienerberger was approached by an infant school close to our Ewhurst factory, requesting assistance to replace an old wooden classroom called the Miller Hut. Therefore, we donated 6,000 bricks and roof tiles, namely our Olde Alton Yellow Multi brick and Traditional Elizabethan Keymer roof tiles for the project. The new building not only provides extra teaching space but enables the school to run a breakfast and after-school club. 

Education partnership with Newport Primary School, Broomfleet

Moving forward together

Category: Our Communities
Location: Newport, East Riding of Yorkshire

After staff at our Broomfleet factory visited the Newport students to describe how roof tiles were made and to explain the importance of saving energy in the manufacturing process, students were then invited to help encourage Broomfleet staff to save energy by creating colourful posters. The students produced fantastic eye-catching posters and as a thank you Ian Martinson, Broomfleet’s talented in-house sculptor, ran a special clay model-making workshop for them. 

Donation to Cranleigh Centenary Garden, Ewhurst & Cranleigh

Moving forward together

Category: Our Communities
Location: Cranleigh, Surrey

Wienerberger donated 7,680 Atlas UWF Tumbled clay pavers to a garden project at Snoxhall Fields in Cranleigh, which commemorated the First World War centenary. This area originally served as a convalescent centre for those wounded in the war as it was located adjacent to Oaklands Military Hospital. After its transformation, this outdoor space opened in November 2018, in time for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918.

Community partnership with Housing People Building Communities, Liverpool

Moving forward together

Category: Our Communities
Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Over four years, Wienerberger worked with housing charity Housing People Building Communities. Wienerberger donated 17,000 roof tiles, over 1,800 square metres of roof felt, around 10,000 engineering bricks and 88,000 pavers. These materials have been used as essential resources in the design and development of homes that help to create thriving communities. In total Wienerberger’s support saved the not-for-profit approximately £43,000, helping to make the dream of owning a home a reality for so many.

Biodiversity at Orchard Farm, Kent

Safeguarding our planet

Category: Biodiversity Promotion
Location: Orchard Farm, Kent

Brick clay extraction from the Orchard Farm site began in 2016, with an annual clay quarrying campaign scheduled each summer season for a period of 6 years. Given the relatively short lifespan of this clay quarry, Wienerberger designed the site layout to minimise disturbance to wildlife, and to enable species to recolonise the area swiftly after phased quarrying operations are completed. 

Resource conservation at Mouselow Quarry

Safeguarding our planet

Category: Resource Conservation
Location: Mouselow Quarry, Derbyshire

The shale extracted from Mouselow Quarry is used for brickmaking at Wienerberger’s Denton factory, however between the shale layers is a band of sandstone which, although unsuitable for use in brick manufacturing, is ideal for architectural stonework projects. Wienerberger has partnered with Booth Ventures which quarries and processes the sandstone to ensure no useable material from Mouselow Quarry is wasted.