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Frank Whittle Partnership founder retires


Frank Whittle, foundeder of Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) in Preston, has retired aged 87.

Up until now he has continued to actively undertake quantity surveying work.

Frank built his company into one the country’s best known architecture and surveying practices with a national reputation, particularly in sports stadia and NHS / healthcare design, providing, amongst others, cost management, architecture and master-planning services.

Frank paid tribute to the colleagues with whom he has worked over the decades and looked back on a long, satisfying working life.

“It has been a long journey starting from my home in Bolton when in 1947 at the age of 16 my mother made me leave the sixth form at Canon Slade School in Bolton and my father got me a job at Applev Bridge near Wigan.

“My mother wished me to have wages to support her house-keeping, but I had a long term vision to work for myself one day and last October I had worked for 70 years, the past few decades at FWP.

“In between organising dances at Bolton Technical College, I found time to begin my RICS studies whilst also working at Bolton Corporation.

“In 1957 I came to work in the architects department at County Hall and so began a long and fulfilling career in Preston.

“It was when David Robinson and Martin Whittle joined me as partners in the firm in the early 1990s that we really began to progress gaining a reputation far beyond the borders of Lancashire.

“It’s been thanks to all the staff at FWP fulfilling my expectations that I’ve been able to stay on so long and enjoy the ride.”

FWP continues to be run by joint managing partners David Robinson and Martin Whittle from offices in Preston, Manchester and London.

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