Leading brick manufacturer Ibstock has teamed up with property experts The Dog and Bone Group to help recreate the iconic Stoke-on-Trent landscape and rebuild 25 bottle kilns.
Huge brick-built bottle ovens and kilns were once the dominant feature of The Potteries. In their heyday, around 4,000 bottle kilns lined Stoke’s skyline. Today, however, only 47 remain, preserved as listed buildings.
Property and investment company the Dog and Bone Group is part of a team that is bringing the bottle kilns back to life. Ashley Booth, Project Manager at Dog and Bone Group, commented: “The bottle kilns are such an iconic part of Stoke that we didn’t want this history to be lost. With this in mind, we got in touch with the team at Ibstock to help us recreate these landmark buildings.”
Ibstock worked in partnership with the Dog and Bone Group to look at the designs of the bottle kilns, developing a unique blend of bricks that would fit effortlessly in to the city’s skyline and industrial background, creating the standout that the bottle kilns deserve.
Joshua Cox, Design Advisor and Specification Consultant at Ibstock, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the Dog and Bone Group on such a fantastic project to bring back some of the history of Stoke-on-Trent.
“We worked with the team to replicate the original design of the kilns but incorporated a few modern twists along the way to create intricate details within the brickwork to add even more aesthetic appeal. Every kiln is individually designed and we used purposed-made brick specials to ensure the design of every kiln was unique.”
For more information on how to get in touch with the Ibstock Design service, please visit the Ibstock Brick website at: https://ibstockbrick.co.uk