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About ICA Ltd

ICA originated as a family owned business who grew from small beginnings to a leading building services contractor in all the many sectors in which we operate.


It was 1937, when my great-great grandfather, Harry Lawrence, was asked by a local fruit farmer to build a cold store for apples in Kent. This fruit store was to use the new latest process of ‘gas storage’ so that his Bramley apples would store for longer and make a better price in the market.

From that small beginning, our company became and has remained the UK’s leading builder of cold and CA rooms for over 75 years.

Although we have changed our company name and extended our activities we remain as ever committed to my family’s principals.

Our goal is to provide you, our customer, an optimum solution for the storage and handling of fresh produce and to maintain our lead in providing you with the latest technology advancements to achieve the highest quality and returns for your produce.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Wills

Local builder, Harry Lawrence, sets up building company, Harry Lawrence Ltd, in Five Oak Green, Kent.
Builds first gas controlled apple store for local farmer thus ‘CA’ was born.
Harry Lawrence hands the business over to his Grandson, Lawrence King, who builds lime scrubbers in his garden workshop.
John Wills becomes Managing Director, taking over the 120 strong company from his father-in-law.
ICA Ltd is formed by son, Andrew Wills & David Bishop (of David Bishop Instruments Ltd), to take Controlled
Atmosphere technology worldwide and works alongside Harry Lawrence Ltd.
Harry Lawrence Ltd has operations taken over by ICA Ltd.
ICA Hungary commences trading.
Instrument division commences operations and starts building gas control analysers in house.
Andrew Wills becomes Managing Director, taking over from his father.
International agents set up in India & America promoting ICA Instruments.
Storage Technology Solutions Ltd join ICA Ltd adding electrical and control systems to the group’s services.
STS Ltd expand into Refrigeration.
New ‘Safepod’ is launched for new Dynamic CA control for longer fruit storage.

The ICA Group brand is created to bring ICA Ltd & STS Refrigeration together as a complete service provider for construction & engineering projects.

ICA commence operations in Mechanical & Engineering (M&E) sectors

The ICA Group – Maintaining the personal touch of a family company with the professionalism & experience of a corporate contractor.

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