History and heritage
Alfred Waterhouse - Founder
Born in Liverpool, Alfred Waterhouse established his own practice in Manchester in 1854 before moving to London 10 years later.
Along with his friends like Ruskin, Waterhouse a Quaker believed passionately in the worth and intellect of the common man and saw it as his mission, to promote this in the buildings he designed.
After Waterhouse moved to London, his major work was the Natural History Museum (1873-81). His buildings for the Prudential in Holborn, London (1879) now houses English Heritage. Waterhouse’s major existing work in Manchester is the famous town hall (1868)
Waterhouse went on to design many other buildings, including the National Liberal Club, University College Hospital, London (1897). His work was always devoted to include the work of individual artist and craftsman.
The practice continues through his sons into the 20th century, joining with the iconic modern movement practice of Adie Button, designer of the grade II listed Stockwell bus garage in 1952.
It remains true to its founding principles in the 21st century, dedicated to building artistic, beautiful and functional buildings for caring and discerning Clients.