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Richard Crittall and Co

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September 1936.
November 1936.
1955. Sinuous panel coil embedded in underside of a ceiling slab before plastering.[1]
1955. Steel radiant panels heated by high-pressure hot water.[2]

Richard Crittall and Co Heating, ventilating and air conditioning engineers, of Great Portland Street, London; of Bush House, London, WC2.

See Richard Crittall and his son Richard Godfrey Crittall

1883 Business founded[3]

1911 Private company incorporated to acquire the business

1911 Installed their patented system of panel warming incorporating fresh air ventilation in the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool[4]

1945 Company made public.

1946 Subsidiary companies:[5]

1947 Richard Crittall Mechanizations was formed - mechanical and consulting engineers[6]

1947 Factories at Brentford, Chiswick, Kensington, Stoke-on-Trent and Glasgow[7]

1948 Receiver appointed to manage the company[8]

1949 Reconstruction had been completed and new managers appointed[9]

By the mid-1950s the company was profitable and expanding

1958 Acquired Thomas McDowell, old established ventilation engineers[10]

1960 Acquired Maddock and Wright, heating and ventilation engineers of Leicester; was working with William Beardmore and Co to develop the Beardmore-Crittall radiant heating system for hospitals, schools, offices, etc[11]

1961 Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, electrical and marine engineers with works and branches throughout United Kingdom.[12]

1963 Acquired Supervents, ventilation and air conditioning engineers and maker of fittings[13]

Mid 1960s Acquired Z. D. Berry and Sons

1967 Acquired Zest Equipment Co, maker of fittings[14]

1967 Richard Crittall Holdings merged its subsidiaries Richard Crittall and Co and Z. D. Berry and Sons, both of which were involved in engineering and contracting, into one unit called Richard Crittall and Z. D. Berry, in order to respond to the increase in size of contracts offered[15]

1968 Acquired by Crown House which formed a new subsidiary, Wheeler Crittall Berry for the contracting companies that were part of the group[16]

1973 Wheeler Crittall Berry was joined with Furse Installations to become Crown House Engineering[17]

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Sources of Information

  1. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955
  2. Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955
  3. The Times, Dec 19, 1947
  4. The Times, Jul 26, 1911
  5. The Times, May 16, 1946
  6. The Times, Aug 12, 1947
  7. The Times, Dec 19, 1947
  8. The Times, Aug 20, 1948
  9. The Times Jun 10, 1949
  10. The Times, May 12, 1958
  11. The Times, May 09, 1960
  12. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  13. The Times Jun 04, 1963
  14. The Times, Jan 02, 1967
  15. The Times, Sep 12, 1967
  16. The Times, Jan 21, 1969
  17. The Times, Wednesday, Jan 03, 1973