Firth is a North West based architectural practice founded in 2003 by Joel Firth.
Our projects are intuitive and expressive with an underlying balance and order, focussing on materials, light and space. Having an empathy for the client’s needs ensures that we create an appropriate and responsive architecture.
The design of the property comes from the desire to reuse the existing building whilst being inspired by its natural woodland setting. Integrating new sustainable building technologies where possible and to create a unique home of outstanding quality.
The overall design of the house is therefore inspired by two clear elements, to reuse and improve the existing building structure, including drainage and utilities to reduce the impact on the site and a new clear organic element inspired by the natural setting of the site that wraps over the existing building that forms the bedrooms, framing key views from the site over the estuary.
Our aim is to create a unique and exceptional home, inspired by its woodland location and built from the highest quality materials. The contemporary aesthetic aims to reflect the beauty of the setting of the site whilst creating a unique and beautiful home.
Isle of Coll
The conversion of this listed church into six residential units has now been completed. There is one detached dwelling (previously the Sunday school), along with five three storey town houses. The attention to detail to incorporate the original attributes of the building was critical to preserve the character of the properties.
Newby Bridge, Windermere
The original inspiration for the design of the property comes from the existing hillside topography and surrounding lakeside landscape character of the site. The simple forms of the building are taken from the lake’s boathouses and boat sheds that typify the views from the lake. The minimalist approach of the design is a reflection of the simplified plan form and layout of the building.
The overall design of the house is inspired by and part of the landscape, the aesthetic of the stone cottage when viewed from the road and the look of a minimalist boathouse shed when viewed from the lake enables the property to sit into its landscape context from wherever it is viewed from with the simple palette of materials of local slate, render and glass. Although larger than the existing bungalow on the site the property sits on a large plot and is very discreet from the road, set down on the edge of the hillside site.
There is no impact on any neighbouring properties due to the size of the plot and it will not create any overlooking or overshadowing. The property has been designed to be a super-insulated structure, to achieve the highest levels of energy efficiency and various technologies will be introduced to lower running costs and enhance energy efficiency. By creating access to the building on different levels we have improved the ability to maintain the building, enhancing its durability.
We have created a unique and exceptional home, inspired by its location in the National Park and built from the highest quality materials. The minimal aesthetic aims to reflect the beauty of the setting of the site whilst creating a unique and beautiful home.
East Beach, Lytham
St Cuthberts Close
This project was for a replacement dwelling overlooking the Lytham cricket club fields. With a cantilevered lounge space and vaulted ceiling reminiscent of a pavilion structure. The sketches show the design development of the ideas along with a completed project photograph.
Derby Road, Poulton-le-Fylde
Lake District National Park
The brief for this project was to convert a 1970’s property into a dwelling that had the look and feel of an original Lakeland farmhouse, using Lakeland stone and traditional building techniques.
Islay Road, Lytham
This residential spa facility has a vaulted ceiling and incorporates a pool, sauna and gym area. The simplicity of the form and symmetry of the design creates a calm and balanced environment.
East Beach, Lytham
East Beach, Lytham
Exceptional design based on inclusivity and environmental awareness
A concept design for a new bridge and ride at the Pleasure Beach, incorporating iconic imagery and funfair enthusiasm.
Queen Street regeneration
This sculptural approach to a regeneration site has been designed to express an optimism and dynamism symptomatic of our approach to this type of project.
Orchard Road, Lytham St Annes
Roach Bridge Mill
A competition winning design for the redevelopment of Roach Bridge Mill for Charles Hadcock, gaining planning consent for the first zero – energy commercial development in the UK through the reinstatement of a hydroelectric turbine.
Windermere Marina Village
Lake District National Park
This development is a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties on the shore of Windermere within the Lake District National Park.
Other commercial projects we have been involved with recently include the design of restaurants, bars and hotels.
What our clients say
“We had a great experience working with Joel on our project. His ideas and vision for architectural design are truly first class. We found him very easy to work with, always helpful and open to collaborate with us on some of our own ideas and needs.”
“Very tenacious on achieving planning permission for a challenging project. Highly original end result. His attention to detail was well beyond expectations. The finished house sits exceptionally well within the landscape of the plot. It is architecturally superb and unique.”
“Joel and his team worked with us to completely redesign and rebuild our home. We benefitted from Joel's exciting, creative ideas and enjoyed his and his colleagues friendly and helpful manner. We are delighted with the finished result.”
“From our first meeting Joel took time to listen to our thoughts and what we wanted before adding his considerable expertise in coming up with something that worked for us and was significantly better than what we had hoped for. Joel and his team are thorough in their planning ensuring good communication and approachability throughout the process. They use the latest methods to ensure that design will be achievable and will work. Their 3D virtual visualisation really was a fantastic way to ensure we were able to truly visualise the design and ensure that it was exactly what we wanted. I would not hesitate to recommend Firth Architects based on our experience, and look forward to taking the next steps to turn the plans into reality.”