If you’ve ever visited Liverpool, or even live here, you’ll know what a fine city it is.

Like its neighbour (and rival) Manchester, it’s had to reinvent itself as the industries that made it wealthy have largely gone. It was built on cotton and, more unappealing, slavery. It has other associations too – football, music and shipbuilding and a reputation for being fiercely socialist. We don’t want to get into politics though at Commercial Heating Solutions, but look instead at Liverpool’s past, present and future.

Shipbuilding actually began, believe it or not, in the 13th Century when monks established a ferry crossing across the river Mersey in 1282. 400 years later, the docks dominated the river and it became a centre of seafaring trade between global continents.  The Royal Albert Dock, a major tourist attraction today, opened in 1842 and it epitomised the city’s engineering excellence, with transport vessels, cruise liners, with sail and rope makers springing to prominence.

That vast dock area was revolutionary in its time for its use of mechanical cranes, its ability to load and unload ships and dry store precious cargo like cotton, spices, alcohol and tobacco. What’s more, it was the first global building to be designed without wood, making it non-combustible.

The Titanic, built in Belfast, was registered in Liverpool and many of its fixtures and fittings came from this city. Though that ship met a tragic end over 100 years ago.

So what has this to do with Commercial Heating Solutions?

Quite a lot.

Neil Jones covers the north west of England with this Liverpool commercial heating company. He hangs too to the shirt-tails of engineering predecessors who made the north west the heart of the industrial revolution.

Liverpool and Manchester has older commercial buildings in abundance that are still used, largely, for their original purpose. HMP Manchester, better known as “Strangeways” was opened in 1868 for inmates and still houses over 750 today. Its building technology has obviously been updated, but elements of its heating and plumbing, still have Victorian fingerprints on them.

HMP Liverpool, in Walton, is even older and was opened in 1855, with twice the modern capacity of Strangeways. We mention this as a previous post, you can read here, touches on Neil’s contractual successes with commercial heating for prisons and the NHS.

Hospitals, in the north west, pre-date these two prisons – Manchester Royal Infirmary was founded as long ago as 1752 and those buildings still stand today, supplemented by newer extensions. Liverpool beat its rival again with the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, which is no longer used for health purposes but forms part of the University of Liverpool, but formed the set of Casualty for the BBC in 2007.

We’ve taken you on a quick nostalgia trip, but there is a serious point to this trek, apart from celebrating engineering and architectural heritage.

Commercial Heating Solutions can help you in many ways, with commercial installations such as:

• Overhead heaters
• Commercial pumps
• Booster pumps
• Radiant tube heaters
• Commercial boilers

It’s not just prisons and hospitals either; the company has a proven track record with pubs, hotels and schools – and we’ll cover those and the local heritage in our next blog post.

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