The practice was originally established in 1849 when Thomas Worthington opened an office in King Street, Manchester, making us one of the oldest architectural firms in continuous operation in the UK.
Worthington was influential in housing reform in the 1850’s and the design of innovative public buildings including hospitals, swimming pools and baths. His civic buildings include The Manchester Police and Magistrates Courts, Minshull St; The Memorial Hall and the Albert Memorial, both in Albert Square.
Sons, Percy and Hubert were also distinguished architects and both joined the practice. Thomas Worthington and Sons was responsible for major works at a number of schools and colleges including Rossall, Sedburgh and Oxford University as well as commissions in London and abroad, and major repairs to Manchester Cathedral following war damage.
The firm continued after Sir Hubert’s death in 1963 and was led by WAJW director Barry Johnson from 1992, maintaining a reputation for excellent service with a number of long-running appointments particularly in the education sector.
Co-directors, Mike Ashworth and David Walker worked together for a number of years at a large city centre practice, gaining extensive experience in a variety of building types including works to listed buildings. David formed his own practice in 2000 and together they established AJW in 2006 with Alan Jackson who now provides specialist conservation input as consultant.
WAJW is now a single tight-knit practice dedicated to building long-term relationships with clients and other building professionals and committed to delivering well designed buildings and a highly professional service. We are proud to maintain and build upon our unique heritage.