Formed in 1947, Lignacite has continued to develop innovative mixes and designs for their building blocks; more recently testing and successfully utilising many recycled materials to produce more sustainable products. We are committed to continuing an extensive R&D programme ensuring we stay at the cutting edge of the construction industry.

1947

Sir Edmond de Lotbiniere was approached by an inventor with new mix designs for Blocks containing sand, wood, cement & expensive Admixture.

Sir Edmond employed his Sergeant Major and started making blocks at Brandon by hand.

1948

The current Brandon site was bought from the Railway Company and the factory was the old engine shed for repairing machines.  The supply of expensive Admixture ran out, but they made blocks anyway and these turned out better than the previous ones!  It turns out the magic ingredient was the wood

1951

Sir Edmond bought the Nazeing site and set up a works there to supply the London market.  At that time the blocks were made by hand, packed in straw and mainly went to the agricultural market.

1963

Michael de Lotbiniere left Africa where he had been a farmer and joined the company.  At this point we only made two blocks:

  • Lignacite with wood
  • Lignacrete with stone

1964

We started to add LECA (expanded clay) to a block and made an insulated Block called ‘Unitherm’ which had polystyrene bonded to the face.

Over the years both factories became increasingly automated with machinery coming from Germany.

1986

Lignacite blocks were used in the building of Heathrow terminal 4.

1987

Richard Innes (Sir Edmond’s stepson) joined the business and took over Sales & Marketing.  We purchased Norfolk House and moved out of the scruffy block-built office in the yard.

1989

Lignacite products are used in the building of the new Stansted airport terminal.

1991

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf

1992

White Polished blocks are used in building of Newham Magistrates Court

1993

The Public House ‘The Great Eastern’ beside the railway yard was bought and the garden used as the new entrance to the site.

1993

Cream Fair Face, Sandstone Split, Silver Grey Polished were all used in construction of the South East London Combined Heat and Power station

1994

Sandstone Weathered and Snowstorm are used in building of Kingston Crown Court.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of Channel 4’s Headquarters.

1995

We bought 60 acres of land at Brandon which became the quarry and extended the factory site.

Allan Eastwood was promoted to Works Manager at Nazeing in 1995 and a new factory was built with Columbia machines.

1995

Silver Grey Inca and Weathered blocks are used in building the Robin Retail Park, Wigan.

1997

We added Planished to the range and bonded natural stone onto our blocks Midnight Granite and Moonstone.  The material came from China.  MK Dons stadium was the largest project to use this material.

1997

Snowstorm blocks are used in the construction of the Bolton Wanderers Football stadium.

1999

White Weathered blocks are used in the Galion’s Point Construction in London Docklands.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of 33 Canada Square.

2000

The Lignacite Lecture was introduced, sharing a wealth of knowledge from industry experts.

2000

Snowstorm Blocks were used in the construction of the Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Huddersfield.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of the Excel Exhibition Centre.

2000

Our FIBO 850 Block was first introduced. An ultralight Block manufactured from expanded clay aggregates and a mixture of other naturally occurring raw materials and cement.

2001

Cream Split and Cream Weathered Blocks were used in the construction of the  IDC Harmondsworth, Middlesex.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of 25 Canada Square in Canary Wharf.

2002

Jade Polished Blocks are used in the Walsall Academy.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of 8 Canada Square in Canary Wharf.

2003

Sahara Dune blocks are used in building an extension to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of 30 St Mary Avenue (The Gherkin).

2004

Sahara Dune Natural are used in the construction of a new stand at the Oval cricket ground.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of 1 West India Quay in Canary Wharf.

2005

Oyster and Snowstorm Polished blocks are used in the construction of the Sandwell City Academy, West Bromwich.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of One Churchill Place in Canary Wharf.

2006

Lignacite, Ash GP and Lignacrete were used in the building of the Westfield Shopping Centre White City.

Midnight and Pearl Polished Blocks were used in the construction of the new MK Dons Stadium Milton Keynes.

2006

Lignacite awarded the ISO 9001 certificate for the first time, and maintained since.

The current Brandon factory was built and all production moved from the original old engine shed. New production equipment was installed allowing each drop to increase from 12 blocks to 18 blocks per time.

2007

Lignacite Blocks were used in the construction of the Broadgate Tower in London’s main financial district.

2007

Nick de Lotbiniere becomes Chairman.

2008

Jade Polished Blocks were used in the construction of the Gurdwara Sikh temple in Leamington Spa.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of Heathrow terminal 5.

2009

Oyster Polish and Split Blocks are used in the construction of North Staffordshire Hospital.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the building of One Hyde Park.

2009

Lignacite awarded the ISO 14001 for the first time, and maintained since.

2010

Snowstorm Planished with Clear Glass Roman Brick is used in the construction of the Athletes Village for London 2012 Olympics.

Lignacite blocks were used in the construction of the Bulgari Hotel in London.  Our deliveries were organised for middle of the night to utilise road closures.

2011

Snowstorm Planished with Clear Glass Roman Brick is used in the construction of the Olympic Stadium for the 2012 Games.

Lignacite Blocks are used in the foundations of the Orbit in the Olympic Park.

2012

Snowstorm Planished with Clear Glass Roman Bricks were used in the London Olympics Aquatic centre.

Lignacite Blocks were used in the London Olympics Velodrome.

2012

Lignacite awarded the BES 6001 certification for the first time and maintained since.

2013

Current Chairman Giles de Lotbiniere succeeds Nick.

Tessa de Lotbiniere joins the company.

The Quarry at the Brandon site is fully excavated and returned back to its natural habitat.

2013

Snowstorm Polished with Flint and Recycled Brown Glass Blocks used in the redevelopment of the Rathbone Market, London.

Lignacite blocks (30N) are in the foundation of the Shard.

2014

Snowstorm Weathered is used in the construction of the new Bath University Arts Centre.

Lignacite blocks are used in the building of 20 Fenchurch Street – ‘The Walkie Talkie’.

2015

A second machine installed at the Nazeing plant, more than doubling production capacity.

2016

The prestigious Lignacite Shoot has been held at the Old Hall in Ely since 2016

2016

Lignacite are awarded FORS Gold accreditation for their Fleet in Nazeing and the Brandon site soon follows.

2016

Snowstorm Weathered is used in the construction of the Residential Apartments at the Royal Wharf, North Woolwich.

Lignacite blocks were used in the award winning Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

2017

Mark Pearson became CEO.

The Lignalite block was developed as a solution for the Crossrail construction and their inability to move large beams within tunnels.

2017

Blackstone Planished Blocks used in the construction of the Wixham’s Academy, Bedford.

Lignacite blocks are used in the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, creating the Nine Elms residential area.

 

2018

A two year upgrade and replacement project starts at the Brandon factory, updating all the machinery.

Lignacite support a DIY SOS Big Build project in the Brandon neighbourhood.

Tom, Giles son, leaves the army and joins the business. 

2018

Blackstone Weathered Blocks used in the construction of the Herts & Essex Sports centre, Bishops Stortford.

Lignacite blocks were used in the construction of the Cross Rail Development.

Johnny, Giles son, joins the business.

2019

Oyster Polish and Split Blocks are used in the construction of North Staffordshire Hospital.

Lignacite blocks were used in the new University of East Anglia Science and Engineering Building.

2019

The Ash GP block is developed to enable the long term availability of our Medium Dense range. Supply of Furnace Bottom Ash is ceasing and we switch to Burnt Straw Ash from local Power Stations.

2020

30 acres of land is bought at Nazeing for future development. The Brandon site has a large production equipment investment increasing production capacity further.

2020

Lignacite blocks are being used in the completion of 22 Bishopsgate.

2021

Lignacite blocks are being used in the building on the new Google “landscraper” situated next to Kings Cross railway station, London.

2021

Lignacite blocks are being used in the redevelopment of the Chelsea Barracks site, located in the City of Westminster, London, adjacent to Chelsea and Belgravia.