Our History

Eyre (Electrical) Limited was formed on 1st October 1964 and founded by Jack Eyre, trading as Electrical Contractors and Retailers from two Victorian houses located on Sprowston Road and Magdalen road in Norwich

On 30th December 1983, Eyre Electrical Limited joined the R G Carter Group.

The company relocated to Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrews in March 1997, remodeling the business to provide mechanical as well as electrical services trading as Eyre Electrical Mechanical.

1980's

Summer 1984

Image: Russell Hubbard, Dan Webster & Rodney Ladbrooke with part of the Eyre Fleet of vehicles Business proved extremely competitive in both contracting and retailing sectors. Eyre Electrical also joined the R G Carter Group in this year.

Winter 1984

Image: Eyre Electrical retail shop, Sprowston, Norwich. Eyre (Electrical) Ltd achieved the distinction of being included on the Roll of Approved Contractors published by the N.I.C (National Inspection Council) for Electrical Contracting.

Summer 1985

Image: Staff outside Headquarters, Sprowston, Norwich Major Contracts team worked on new holiday chalet units at Wroxham for Elm Crest Securities; refurbishment including renewal of all existing electrical installation at Norwich’s Royal Arcade for Legal & General and many more.

Winter 1985

Image: Brian Curson carrying out re-wiring in one of the Shopping units in Norwich Royal Arcade. New testing equipment made the contracting section more competitive and the instances of Eyre Electrical appearing on the list of nominated sub-contractors also increased which generated an increase to personnel.

Summer 1986

Image: Nilfisk Vacuum The all new metal Nilfisk Vacuum cleaner for which Eyre Electrical acquired an agency, both in respect of domestic and the industrial models.

Winter 1987

Image: Supervisor Engineer Bob Farrell Bob checking the main control panel at Norwich Union printing works at Delta Close, Norwich, where Eyre Electrical carried out a complete design & Install contract.

Winter 1988

Image: Chris Knights & Manager Reggie Woods giving customer their undivided attention The companies retail outlet was busy supplying a wide range of electrical goods and accessories. Employees from the Group qualified special rate & discount on RRP.

Summer 1989

Trevor Parke, an Electrical Foreman with Eyre Electrical, checked the main control switch gear at the London Street, Norwich branch of Midland Bank Plc, after the complete refurbishment, over eight months, of the electrical installations – including computer cables and security wiring – on the found and first floors. The upper two floors were similarly refurbished by Eyre. Eyre Electrical also involved in a number of other major contracts for clients such as Norwich Union, Anglian Water and B.U.P.A Hospitals.

Eyre Electrical’s Contracts Managers, Stan Woods (foreground) and John Archer (centre), together with Electrician, Andrew Wyatt, assemble sections of tubular track lighting at the Norfolk Motor Company’s new Lotus showroom in Sprowston Road, Norwich. Some 100 metres of tracking, in the Lotus house colour of yellow, are being installed.

1990

Summer 1990

A two-year contract for South Norfolk District Council to install the electrical services, including, power, fire alarms and call systems within sheltered housing development at Costessey, on the outskirts of Norwich. Others include re-wiring two wards of the Princess of Wales R.A.F Hospital, Ely and the provisional lighting at the new Summerfield Supermarket in North Walsham and improvements to the emergency lighting system within the River End and Barclay Stands at Norwich City Football Club.

Winter 1990

Eyre Electrical also plugged in its new computer which proved invaluable, particularly in assisting with the growing demand for complete design and install packages. The Company also became a member of the Heat Electric Scheme, in conjunction with the Eastern Electricity Board; further increasing its 24-hour emergency cover; and expanding its contract maintenance service.

Summer 1991

Image: Track lighting designed & installed for Norfolk Motor Company NEW contracts from local councils arc keeping Eyre Electrical busy. One project is due to start at Breckland District Council’s offices at The Guildhall, Dereham, in August. It is for lighting, power, fire alarm, emergency lighting and communications trunking in a new extension, and some updating in the original building. In Norwich, Eyre Electrical has won a contract for work on flats at Calvergate Street for the city council. Other work started this summer is for a day care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, and provision of electrical services at Beechcroft, (a sheltered housing scheme in Norwich). A non-council contract is for work on the Oasis sports and leisure club in Norwich.

1992

Eyre Electrical has been leading the field with a pioneering floodlighting system installed at Norwich City Football Club last August. It was the first time the Philips Arenavision, giving enhanced levels of brightness, had been used for football pitches in this country. Similar floodlights were used at the Olympic Games to give the quality lighting needed for television and satellite broadcasts. One hundred lamps were imported from Holland, to be fitted to four control towers 100 feet up. No job for the giddy! Eyre Manager, Mr Rought said “Eyre brought its schedule forward so the lights could be switched on for a match against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg”. As an extra bonus for company Canaries fans, two electricians have been on duty on match days, just to make sure the lamps keep burning bright!

1993

Adding Class to the Castle Mall, Norwich A Waterfall and Victorian facades to buildings are just two ways that the Carter Croup has added a touch of class to the Castle Mall Shopping Centre in Norwich. The four metre high waterfall was formed with insitu concrete covered in Portuguese granite, 10,000 tonnes of topsoil was imported onto the site for landscaping, footpaths, walls, drainage and an access road was also part of the contract for R G Carter. Eyre Electrical installed the external lighting.

1994

Installing the power supply to the new Wensum Wing at Carrow Road Football Ground, provided to be a complex for Eyre Electrical. Before work could begin on the new infill section between the City and River End stands, the existing swtichroom and generator had to be moved – while the whole stadium kept operating. A large distribution cable had to run to a temporary panel before power was reinstated through a new switchrom in Wensum Wing. The generator was installed in a new plant room external to the stadium.

1995

Image: Matthew Jordison Eyre Electrical has made two large paces towards the hi-tech image of the next millennium. Its new logo adopted, replaced the dated impression created by using the symbol of a cathedral. The new logo has a cleaner, crisper eye catching look, proudly shown off on vans and stationery. The latest step forward is the introduction of the state-of-the-art  CAD systems. AD, or Computer Aided Design, allows architects to send their drawings to Eyre on a floppy disc. The company then produces its own designs for electrical installations, compatible with the architects drawings.

1996

Image: The view inside Holy Trinity Church, Norwich Worshipers at Holy Trinity Church, Norwich, can really claim to have seen the light, thanks to Eyre Electrical. A new lighting system in a recently finished extension to the church, was part of a job which also included providing power, installing a fire alarm and public address system.

1997

Image: The Broadland Housing Office A contract for Eyre Electrical with a housing association was a little bit different. For once it wasn’t to create a new housing but to refurbish and expand the offices of Broadland Housing in Norwich. Eyre installed light, power, fire alarms and security systems and structured cabling for computer systems. The work had to be phased to allow the offices to keep operating as normal. 1997 was also the year that Richard Fryer joined the company and started the Mechanical side of the business.

1998

Image: Eyre Electrical Mechanical’s new premises in Norwich Eyre Electrical Mechanical has proof that all good things come in threes. The Norwich company has new premises, new name and a bigger range of services. Eyre has moved to larger premises on Yarmouth Road, Norwich and has extended its services to include heating and ventilation installation. As part of its improved service it has also secured Corgi registration, and became a member of the Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association.

1999

Image: Billy Newton (left) chats with Graham Mason (right) and Small Works Estimator Andrew King Graham Mason has a special interest in the fortunes of high street bank Lloyds TSB. While his colleagues were heading for the beach during the hot summer, the small works supervisor with Eyre Electrical and Mechanical was busy making sure that installations for the refurbishment of the bank’s branches met the required standards. “We carried out work for Lloyds TSB in Cambridge, Halstead and Thetford,” explained Graham. “The branches remained open for business throughout their  refurbishment, so much of the re-wiring work could only be carried out in the evenings and at the weekends.

2000

2000

Image: Under wraps Norwich Castle prepares to celebrate a grand re-opening Eyre Electrical installs all the electrical and ventilation systems at Norwich Castle. The keep is the first part of the castle due to be completed and will be handed over early next year. The project comprises two other sections.

2001

Image: Norwich Castle Eyre Electrical whose works included the installation of environmental controls in the display areas, including the Egyptian gallery. The gallery houses a mummy thought to be over 2000

2002

Eyre Electrical won the contract for all mechanical and electrical work at Norwich’s legal firm Mills & Reeve on Whitefriars

2003

Eyre Electrical carried out Mechanical & Electrical work at Riverside Swimming Pool, Norwich 2003 was also the year that Eyre Group purchased John Kay Electrical to start their Cambridge Branch.

2005

Eyre Electrical carried out Mechanical & Electrical work at Norwich City Football Club

2006

Eyre Electrical carried out Mechanical & Electrical work at Norwich Airport. The R G Carter Group and Drayton Building Services (DBS) Group all worked together on an enlarged baggage handling centre and improved terminal facilities to accommodate forecast growth in passenger numbers.

2008

Works completed on a £3.1m project for Jarrolds D1 and D2 Buildings.

2010

Works completed on a £2.5m project at Cromer Hospital.

2012

Works completed on a £3.5m project at COWA Tower at West Suffolk College, Kings Lynn which involved a 9 story teaching block.

2013

Works commenced on a multi-phase project at County Hall, Norwich.

2014

Works completed on a £2.2m contract at Nuffield Hospital.

2015

In May 2015, Eyre Group moved to Eastern Court, New Costsessey, which was a new and bigger modern office to ease the pressure of the growing number of staff.

2015

Eyre Group Cambridge also moved to their new office in Comberton.

2016

Eyre Group proudly completes the services to this impressive local training facility for the International Aviation Academy.

2017

This year saw the evolution of a former office block into the Charles Darwin Primary & Nursery School.

 

2018

Work commences on this modern facility for EACH, the Nook Children’s Hospice.