Picture taken by David Wilson Clarke.
Central Heating and Gas Boiler Installations at Birtley from Appollo Gas Services.
Birtley is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, in the County of Tyne and Wear, England. It is situated to the south of Gateshead and is physically linked to Chester-le-Street across the County Durham boundary lines.
Until 1974, Birtley and the adjoining areas of Barley Mow, Vigo and Portobello were part of the old Chester-le-Street Rural District.
Since 1974, these neighbouring areas have been considered part of ‘greater’ Birtley.
Birtley was a civil parish with a parish council (which also covered the adjoining neighbourhoods) until April 1, 2006 after a local referendum agreed to abolish it.
The former parish has a population of 11,377.
Appollo Gas Services are often called on to carry out heating upgrades in the Birtley area, and our level of customer feedback from this area is satisfyingly high with a very high percentage of return customers on our books.
How does Appollo achieve this?
Our approach is simple, we use only the most skilful, time-served tradesman in our teams to ensure that your Installation goes smoothly and is completed with the minimum of fuss and delay. The teams are managed by a very experienced project manager whose role is to ensure that any issues that may arise during the installation work are dealt with promptly and with full client satisfaction.
Our project manager will oversee your job on a day-to-day basis to help maintain the high quality of service that we are renowned for.
We guarantee all of the work we undertake, giving the client complete peace of mind in the knowledge that any work we carry out will meet the most exacting standards.
We have worked with many families in the area, helping them to maintain a cosy environment for their family to live in – and help them save money too as our new heating and gas boiler installs are really economical to run – saving you money on those ever-growing heating bills.
Our clients insist on the best for their homes and that is why they chose us in the first place and continue to choose us when further heating system improvements are needed over the years.
Whatever type of home you live in, be it detached, semi-detached or terraced, Appollo Gas Services can deliver the perfect solution to your home heating needs – and save you money in the running costs too!
Our friendly advisor can visit you at your home and help you to determine just what type of heating improvement you would benefit most from and give you an idea of what the costs might be.
No pressure, no hard sell, no obligation: Appollo Gas Services also specialise in good advice!
Because we are from the North East, we understand the people, the culture –and the weather – so we know how to plan around the whims of our unpredictable climate, ensuring that projects keep as much as possible to plan.
The North East of England has the most diverse and interesting of cultures in the UK and each town or city has its own unique features that make working and living here such a joy.
Birtley is the home of the Royal Ordnance Factory, ROF Birtley, and the Komatsu Heavy Engineering Company which operates from the previous premises of Birtley Iron Works (which became premises of the Caterpillar Company in the mid 20th century).
A ‘CarCraft Hypermarket’ was built on the site of an old factory in south west Birtley, reclaiming much wasted brown field site.
The Royal Ordnance Factory was a major target of the German Luftwaffe in World War II. Thanks to its reputation as a ‘misty valley’, Birtley and the factory survived any hits.
The phrase ‘misty valley’ was coined by Tommy Lawton, a worker at the ROF in the 1970s.
The ROF factory which is operated by BAE was replaced in late 2011 by a new purpose built 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) factory in nearby Washington replacing the old Dunlop Tyre factory.
The entire Birtley workforce moved to this site.
The Japanese heavy engineering firm Komatsu is now the town’s main employer.
Just near to the site of the old station, is where the well-known Birtley Brick Works was located.
Once employing most of the town’s workforce, it is a shadow of its former self.
Mining was a very important industry in Birtley. Birtley Iron Company had 10 pits in the area surrounding Birtley employing 3736 below ground and 960 people above ground. There was also a lot of coal mining in the area with the earliest recorded instance was in 1351. This continued until the 1960s when the trade declined.
Angel of the North
Antony Gormley’s famous Angel of the North completed in February 1998 is situated on high ground on the site of the baths of the old ‘Betty Ann Pit’ to the north of Birtley and overlooks the area. It is seen by around 90,000 people per day by people on the A1 and on the east coast mainline. In the summer of 2011 a landscaped car park near the Angel was laid to accommodate the increased number of cars and coaches visiting the site.
Let Appollo Gas Services take care of your heating needs in Birtley – we have been keeping homes cosy and warm in the North East for the past 20 years!