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.

Otter Bank


Otter bank is a private dwelling on the shores of Windermere designed by Joel Firth and completed in 2021.

Church Drive


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.

Whitehouse lodge front

Whitehouse Lodge

Isle of Coll

Islay Road, Lytham
Bannister Street, Lytham

Bannister Street


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.

Windmill House interior kitchen and living

Windmill House

East Beach, Lytham

Clifton Drive, Lytham

Clifton Drive


St Cuthberts Close front

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.

The Cottage, Derby Road, Poulton-le-Fylde

The Cottage

Derby Road, Poulton-le-Fylde

Brook House, Lytham
Coniston House, Lake District National Park

Coniston House

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.

Applegarth, Islay Road, Lytham


Islay Road, Lytham

Woodville Terrace, Lytham exterior view

Woodville Terrace


Residentail Spa, Lytham

Residential Spa


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.

Windmill View, East Beach, Lytham

Windmill View

East Beach, Lytham

Windmill View interior staircase lighting

Windmill View

East Beach, Lytham

Seafront Penthouse, Lancashire - living area

Seafront Penthouse



Exceptional design based on inclusivity and environmental awareness

Queen Street regeneration, Blackpool

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.

Westmorland House, Lytham St Annes
Roach Bridge Mill, Samlesbry

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

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.

Barrique, Lytham
The Deacon, Lytham
Church conversion, Woodplumpton
Capri, Lytham - Bar



Other commercial projects we have been involved with recently include the design of restaurants, bars and hotels.

Promenade Hotel, Blackpool
86 Promenade, Blackpool

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.”

Tony Prosser

“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.”

Ian McKinnon

“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.”

Karen Akroyd

“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.”

Scott Gall

If you have a project in mind and would like to work with us then please contact:

Old Bank Studio, 43 Woodlands Rd, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 1DA

01253 734 036