In June 1979 Fred and Jean Hull launched
Environmental Control Equipment Limited, the rest is history

Fred and Jeans aim was to design, manufacture and sell air handling units from their factory in the Kent countryside village of Eynsford. The air handling unit requirements of many corporate clients were secured in those early days; these included Tesco; the AA; Safeway and BUPA. After nearly eleven years the company relocated to a larger factory and offices in Harvel. It was here that Fred and Jeans son Simon joined the business and began working in each of the factory and office departments.

As the company grew more diverse clients were secured including many hospital trusts which have proved to be a mainstay of the business. With the approach of the new Millennium the company name was changed to ECE UK Ltd as this was how the company had become known by many clients. In May 2007, after the company moved again to larger premises, Simon Hull took over the day to day running of the business and became Managing Director.

ECE has always been more than just a family business. Throughout its history, ECE has maintained a personal approach when working with clients. Many clients have been with ECE since the beginning and it is this ability to retain clients and continue to deliver excellent products, service and value that provides a solid base for the ongoing expansion.

Choose Craftmanship and Knowledge

For over 40 years we have been hand-building our units in Kent (United Kingdom) to a very high standard. The reason we hand build in this technological age is, there isn't a better way. Modern computer aided design and construction techniques can manufacture precision components and streamline production, but the immaculate detail and finish of one of our Air Handling Units, inside and out, can only be achieved by skill and dedication. This human factor, and its influence on the finished product cannot be replicated by a machine, which might be able to punch, notch and fold a given number of times, but will never be able to tell when the end result is right. The fact that the end result is right on our air handler is as much thanks to the people who built it as to the technology that first mapped it out.

Our experienced and knowledgeable members of staff have obtained qualifications from Higher National Certificates to Masters Degree.  We believe our staff should match the technical abilities of all its customers so that together we can offer a designed solution.


June 1979 - Company Formed

Company formed by current Directors and Shareholders commenced manufacture of AHU's at our 10,000ft2 Eynsford factory.


January 1988 - 1,000th order was received


January 1990 - Harvel Move

Moved to our 20,000ft2 factory in Harvel.


November 1993 - First Reversing Regenerator Order

First order for the RG high efficiency heat recovery air handling unit


March 1994 - Elizabeth Fry project

Order received for RG AHU's to be installed on the Elizabeth Fry project a University of East Anglia award winning building. To this day still the most energy efficient building in the country.


January 1996 - First Export

First export order for a project in Russia.


June 2002 - ZICER Building

Order received for the ZICER Building on the University of East Anglia site. RG AHU's helped this project win the low energy building of the year award in 2005.


June 2003 - The Knightsbridge Apartments project

£700k order for 158 air handling units installed on The Knightsbridge Apartments project.


June 2004 - Ikea's flagship store at Tottenham

£400k, 10 unit order received for Ikea's flagship store at Tottenham. The order included 4 No. 10.75m3/s packaged air handling units.


May 2007 - New Managing Director and Location

Moved to our 45,000ft2 manufacturing facility in Rochester, Simon Hull becomes Managing Director.


September 2008 - Savoy Hotel

£450k order for all of the low energy AHU's installed on the Savoy Hotel refurbishment project


April 2009 - Luton 6th Form College

£486k order for low energy AHU's installed on the Luton 6th Form College project


June 2011 - Titanium Controls

Launch of our Carel packaged controls range.


July 2012 - Intelligent Energy Control System

Launch of our Intelligent Energy Control system, powered by Trend.


2012 - Mitsubishi Approved Partner


November 2014 - Website Redesign Launched


May 2017 - Anything Air Handling Launched

We launched our online shop, Anything Air Handling, to provide you with parts and spares available to purchase at a time convenient to you.


July 2017 - Asset Information Launched

We launched our Asset Information service, allowing you to get all your AHU information and buy your parts and spares, anytime from any device.  This service now underpins the Client Portal.


September 2017 - CHAS Accreditation

We received full CHAS certification.


June 2019 - We celebrate 40 years

We celebrate 40 years delivering high quality, hand made, British, bespoke air handling units.


June 2019 - New Era, New Website

As we enter a new era in the company it is the time to usher in a new website design.


June 2019 - New Era, New Brochures

As we enter a new era in the company it is the time to usher in a collection of new Brochures.


June 2019 - Introducing our new range of products

We would like to introduce our new range of products - the Mechanically Ventilated Heat Recovery (MVHR) units.