Lancaster Architects Celebrate 40 Years, and Look to Next 40

Staff at Lancaster-based HPA (formerly known as Harrison Pitt Architects) are to celebrate 40 years at the forefront of heritage and contemporary design, with a party that applauds their successes while emphatically looking to the future. The North West award-winning practice has built a national reputation for its expert minds and versatile, considered approach to building design, planning, and solutions.

In 1979, Mike Harrison and Dennis Pitt pooled their experience and took the leap to open their own practice. They set up in a rented office in Dalton Square with, as Dennis remembers: “Two drawing boards set up on bricks, a land line, belief, and passion.” Early commissions included St George’s Quay, in Lancaster, followed by Grade II Listed Duddon Hall, in Cumbria.

Word spread, and now based in their Castle Hill offices, the team of 11 includes architects, consultants, planning and technical experts who have built decades of portfolios across a wide range of projects throughout the country.

Notably Client-focused, the team relish a challenge, whether that be sensitively restoring a 12th century Church, designing a 26 acre lakeside luxury holiday home site, or getting Permission for a contemporary home conversion within the National Park. 

Director Richard Wooldridge says: “40 years of successful partnership with Clients and authorities in our dynamic, exacting, and challenging industry is certainly something to celebrate. Invited guests will be able to meet our team, view detailed displays of HPA’s projects so far, and discuss exciting upcoming proposals.”

Clearly looking forward to the next 40 years, this is one firm of local architects who are evidently not content to rest on their laurels.

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