J Wareing & Sons: 110 years a family business

Today, J Wareing & Son’s bespoke steel framed buildings have a UK customer base across a wide range of industries. When it all began, more than a century ago, two brothers had humbler ambitions, sharing the premises of their woodworking business with a few hens and pigs.

That was in 1909, when George & James Wareing acquired a business from the Jolly family in Wrea Green. The brothers began to trade under the name of G&J Wareing based at Smithy Fold, Wrea Green and they put their joinery skills to use by making and repairing farm carts, wheelbarrows and simple farm machinery. They were also the local village undertakers.

After a quarter of a century, James’ son, Harry Wareing took over the administration of the firm and the name of the company changed: 1936 marked the birth of J. Wareing and Son. The business continued to function with the same principles as it had since 1909 and is now staffed by its fifth generation of the Wareing family.

The company regards itself as pioneers of ‘Kit Building’ which emerged when an enquiry came for a building outside of the Lancashire area from a farmer. As it was too far for a team to travel, it was decided that the company would supply the building in kit form and the farmer would find his own labour to construct the building. This was the first building of its kind and is still standing today.

Over the decades, the core beliefs of the business have remained the same; priding itself on its professional and friendly approach and an earned reputation as a respected manufacturer and supplier of steel framed buildings to both the industrial and agricultural sectors.

The scope of the business has expanded, with the company’s bespoke structures now used in many different applications from livestock buildings and stables to retail units, industrial premises and small offices.

J Wareing & Son serves clients in the UK with tailor-made solutions to meet their specific requirements – whether it be basic steel-frame and cladding, steel structures in kit format or complete design and build packages.

The company moved from its original offices in Smithy Fold to new purpose-built premises at Whinbrick Works, near Wrea Green, which is home to a loyal and dedicated workforce of over 70 highly skilled staff. Five employees have completed 50 years of unbroken service to the business.

What was once a little joinery business in a Fylde village has developed into a nationwide company with a strong reputation of reliability and flexibility in the world of agriculture and industry. It’s fun to look back at its roots, but the family also enjoys looking forward to the future. They think George and James would be amazed!


Commercial property specialist Henco International Ltd enlisted the business to construct a block of four steel portal framed business units at Whitehills Business Park in Blackpool.

Work included the construction of a curved roof structure using framed steel rafters and purlins clad with nonfragile metal decking and GRP rooflights, aluminiumframed glazing system and internal compartment walls to separate the units. J Wareing also installed new foul and surface water drainage and services, mains services, and constructed a site access road, car parking, an external storage yard, and hard and soft landscaping works.


J Wareing & Sons erected three new agricultural buildings on behalf of W Bamber: a potato store, grading building, and a grain store and workshop.

Cladding on all the buildings is in composite sheets, consisting of PVC coated box profile steel sheets with insulation. The insulation on the potato store is 100mm thick to the roof, 80mm thick to the sides, the insulation on the other buildings is 40mm thick, and there is an insulated division wall between the potato store and the grading area. The grain store and the potato store both have pre-stressed concrete panels to a height of three metres, fixed internally, to take the thrust load of the crop stored against them.

The specification includes electrically operated main access doors and personnel access doors with multi-point locking system.

For more information on J Wareing & Sons services please call 01772 682 159, email sales@wareingbuildings.co.uk or visit www.wareingbuildings.co.uk

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