About Us

Our History

Norman & Underwood was founded in Leicester in 1825 by the great grandfather of the current managing director and is one of the oldest family owned companies in the region.

Originally specialising in general plumbing and glazing, the company has evolved to provide architectural and structural glazing, metal roofing and cladding, and building conservation services including leadwork and stained glass restoration. We also manufacture sand cast sheet lead to traditional methods from our production facility in Leicester.

Our back catalogue includes many of the UK’s most famous churches and palaces, such as Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral or Hampton Court Palace and Chatsworth House. We also undertake work internationally, with major projects including the Dome of the Rock in Jordan and the British Embassy in Moscow.

We seek to establish strong partnerships with end-users and contractors, and have built an excellent reputation for skilled craftsmanship and customer care. We work with some of the largest construction firms, including Kier Group PLC, Wates Construction, the Willmott Dixon Group and Balfour Beatty, but we are also pleased to undertake work for private individuals and domestic clients, such as new windows, emergency glazing or conservation projects.

Today the company employs more than 90 people from its head office in Leicester, operating through three specialist divisions. Many of our staff have been with the company for many years but we run regular apprentice schemes to ensure that the traditional craft skills are not lost while developing expertise in the latest techniques and materials.