Light and Shadow

Peter Hitchen Architects is an experienced and creative RIBA Chartered practice working throughout the Ribble Valley and North West. Engaged in a wide variety of projects, large and small, private and commercial, we are creative, pragmatic and approachable.

Based in Whalley we have a wide range of experience in Lancashire and further afield. We regularly undertake work on both homes and commercial projects, including New Builds, Extensions, Commercial Premises, Home Improvements, Change of Use, Conservation and Masterplanning.

Our services encompass the whole construction process from feasibility through to completion.

We offer a full or partial service catering to our client’s specific needs, budget and project size.


We can provide advice or a full service in the following areas: Surveys, Feasibility Studies, Scheme Design, Masterplanning, Permitted Development, Pre-application Enquiries, Planning Permission, Detail Design, Structural Design, Renewables, Tender Action, Building Regulations, Project Management.

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Our Team

Peter Hitchen 

BA (Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA

Peter has 25 years of experience as a Chartered Architect working in multi disciplinary practices in Birmingham and Preston working on a wide variety of commercial and residential projects in both the private and public sector. Over recent years and as Director of PHA Ltd Peter has been developing his skills and focusing on locally based projects in and around the Ribble Valley. The company ethos reflects both his vibrant personality and professional approach to achieving successful projects no matter how small or large. Peter places great emphasis on being amiable , inclusive and available to all clients.

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Joe Davies


Joe is a RIBA Part I architectural assistant who joined the team after achieving his Ba (Hons) in Architecture at Liverpool John Moores University.  Joe is passionate about good design and gets great fulfilment out of seeing projects progress from concepts to reality. Throughout his time at PHA Joe’s understanding of planning, building regulations & construction has been vastly improved.   



Floor Manager

Light and Shadow

We have close relationships with numerous local contractors and industry professionals to construct the highest quality projects. We are consistently working to achieve planning permission with local authorities such as Ribble Valley, South Ribble, Pendle, Chorley, Preston City Council, Hyndburn, Blackburn with Darwen and Craven District Council.


We believe that working together with both our client, contractors and local authorities from feasibility through to completion, a successful, mutually exciting project can be achieved both large or small.

The success of the practice is evident in the portfolio of work completed since it's inception in 2012. Peter Hitchen formed the business within Whalley on the basis of attracting a local customer base and providing an architectural service with a strong community ethos. To achieve this It was important to ensure the practice has a base in the heart of the Ribble Valley in an accessible location and to be available to carry out work which gains a quality reputation. The practice has evolved in a small team which can assist with wide variety of services and maintain client confidence in achieving each individual projects aims and objectives.

The office has a vibrant atmosphere and is open for all clients to discuss their particular needs. We welcome the opportunity to visit site and have a no obligation chat about any potential job.