17th June, 2010
Norman & Underwood, the oldest architectural metal roofing and glazing company in the country, has achieved an extraordinary milestone; the company will celebrate its 185th year of business in June.
With a proud history of restoring some of the world’s finest ancient buildings; the family-run business has expanded over the years and now specialises in offering replacement glass and glazing services, aluminum and structural glazing systems, metal roofing and cladding, leadwork and stained glass.
Cousins Thomas Norman and John Underwood founded Norman & Underwood in 1825 as a plumbing and glazing business. The business remained at the same Leicester City centre site for 180 years until re-locating to premises three miles west under the direction of Managing Director Dr Jonathan Castleman DSc.
With its own manufacturing site, which includes one of the UK’s last remaining sand cast lead production facilities over the years the business has installed traditional Sand Cast Lead sheets to Salisbury Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, Chatsworth House and many of the major cathedrals, churches and historical buildings throughout the UK.
As the seventh generation of the founding family, managing director of Norman & Underwood, Dr Jonathan Castleman DSc, follows in his footsteps of his father, Roger Castleman.
“It’s an honour to follow in the footsteps of my father. The company has lived through six major recessions since it was set-up and rather than just survive, each time the business has come out stronger on the other side,” he explained.
Since 1825 Norman & Underwood Craftsmen have helped to restore Cathedrals, Palaces, Historic Houses, Public Buildings and worked on some of the most exciting designs in modern architecture.
Major contracts over the years include the covering of the famous Golden Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Bermuda Cathedral, The British Embassy in Moscow and Korea and locally St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.
Whilst adopting new technology and processes, the business still maintains its old valued traditions, which are reflected in the quality of their work. In a move to continue their expertise in restoration they have recently opened a stone conservation and scaffolding division.
“This year is about telling people about how far we have come and informing people that whilst adopting new technology and processes we still maintain our valued traditions, which have really shaped where we are today,” highlighted Dr Jonathan Castleman DSc.
“We plan to continue our business growth targeting further major restoration projects for ecclesiastical buildings and historical houses in addition to new build opportunities in both the private and public sectors.”
Norman & Underwood celebrates 185 years in business in June 2010.