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Almost 50 jobs lost at Historic Leicester Business

Almost 50 jobs have been lost at a historic Leicester roofing and glazing firm, after it ceased trading.

Norman and Underwood fell into administration earlier this month, with attempts to find a buyer failing to save the 200-year-old company.

Leicester Time: Almost 50 jobs lost at Historic Leicester Business
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Confirmed last week, Joanne Hammond, Gareth Prince and Kris Wigfield of Begbies Traynor were appointed as joint administrators of the business, which was founded in Leicester in 1825.

“Unfortunately, it was not possible to find a purchaser for the Leicester-based glazing, metal roofing and cladding and building conservation specialist,” a statement from the administrators said. “The company has, therefore, ceased to trade and 49 staff have been made redundant.”

Originally specialising in general plumbing and glazing, Norman and Underwood evolved to provide architectural and structural glazing, metal roofing and cladding, and building conservation services, including leadwork and stained-glass restoration.

Norman & Underwood – one of the oldest family-owned companies in the East Midlands – has worked on some of the UK’s best-known buildings, including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace and Chatsworth House.

It also undertook work internationally, with projects including the Dome of the Rock in Jordan and the British Embassy in Moscow.

In recent times, the firm had worked on prominent buildings around Leicester too, including the Richard III Visitor Centre, Curve theatre and Space Park Leicester.

The property and remaining assets, which sit in Scudamore Road are being sold via Sanderson & Weatherall (property) and Eddisons (chattel assets).