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NEWS July 2017
We are pleased to confirm that Scarcroft School have appointed mass architecture to oversee their expansion project over the summer holidays. We are also working with Heslington Pre-School and Kids Kabin (out of school club) to help develop proposals for their new building.

NEWS June 2017
Partner Charlotte Harrison attended the annual RIBA Members Forum in Hull and gave a talk about the work that the York branch of the RIBA has been doing to include the arts and culture in the Local Plan.

NEWS May 2017
Our St Leonard's Place Retail Unit and Public Toilets project won an RIBA Yorkshire Award last night at a ceremony in Hull, as well as RIBA Yorkshire Small Project of the Year. Our client, Healthmatic, are delighted as this means that their building has now won 3 design awards. We are thrilled to have been given these awards and feel that they convey a strong message that good design is good for business.

Talk Talk have appointed us to carry out a Listed Building Consent Application for a commercial unit in York and Taylors of Harrogate have engaged us to develop a kiosk in Newcastle.

Works are progressing well on the Grade II* roof refurbishment at the Central Methodist Church in York.

NEWS April 2017
The glass treads and guarding was installed to a bespoke designed staircase for a private client in Harrogate. We worked very closely with a local steelwork fabricator (Blacker Steel) and specialist glazing supplier (Glass Design Solutions) to develop an ambitious cantilevered design. The Main Contractor Kent Building Developments oversaw was instrumental in overseeing the delivery and installation.

mass architecture are currently recruiting for a Part II Architectural Assistant. Please send CV's and examples of design and technical work to charlotte@massarchitecture.com. For further information please go to the RIBA Appointments service.

NEWS March 2017
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for an RIBA Award for our St Leonard's Place Retail Unit and WC's in York. Winning projects announced in Hull on 25th May.

The practice has secured work from the National Trust recently in relation to their Grade 11* building at No. 4 Stonegate.

We also welcome our Year 11 work experience student to the practice this month.

NEWS February 2017
We are delighted to be working with Taylors of Harrogate on a two new ventures in York.

NEWS January 2017
Happy New Year to all our existing contacts and clients and to the new ones that we hope to make over the next 12 months.

Our aspirations for this year are to launch a new website (more updates to follow) and to continue to grow our reputation within the region as a design-led chartered practice that specialises in historic building conservation.

mass architecture have been appointed to refurbish and extend a detached, mid-century property in Bishopthorpe. The design aspiration for the project is to use simple materials, contemporary with the period of the house, such as plywood, Formica and cork.

mass architecture have been appointed to work on a refurbishment of the Skeldergate Bridge (Toll House) cafe. This distinctive 3-storey building is Grade II Listed and has been subject to flooding in recent years. The new makeover will extend the hospitality facilities further and help to mitigate against any future flooding.

Welcome to our new Part 2 Graduate Rebecca Hourigan who started with the practice this month.

mass are well under way with their contribution to Illuminating York's Bunny Trail. www.illuminatingyork.org.uk/bunny-trail/
The practice have been invited again to submit their unique lamp that will be displayed in one of York's shops. 50 Bunnies by 50 creatives will be displayed to create a trail for families to follow during the festival.

mass have successfully obtained Planning Permission for a further project with Breckenbrough School in Thirsk to change their forecourt, car park and vehicular access.

mass successfully obtained Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent to return a prominent farm house in Askham Richard back to a single dwelling, after it had been converted into five apartments.

mass have been appointed to carry out a contemporary extension/refurbishment of a house on Flamborough Head.

United by Design; an award winning, York based design agency is working hard on our new website and we are really looking forward to being able to launch this in the autumn.

National provider Healthmatic Ltd. have appointed the practice to work on a further two sites in York, following the successful development of a retail unit and public toilets in St Leonard's Place, that won a York Design Award in June this year.

The practice have submitted an entry to the North York Moors National Park Design Awards for their Ley Hall project this month. The work involved constructing a substantial extension and fully refurbishing the existing stone hall.

mass architecture have obtained planning permission for a gym conversion project at Breckenbrough School as well as two residential schemes in York this month.

The Central Methodist Church have been been awarded a substantial grant to refurbish their roof and we are looking forward to taking this project forward with them.

mass are putting together a submission to the North York Moors National Park Planning Authority Design Awards this month for their refurbishment and extension of the Ley Hall in Lealholm.


mass architecture are very pleased to have won two York Design Awards on the 22nd June. For their 10th anniversary the YDA ceremony took place at the Ron Cooke Hub and was attended by well over 150 people. St Leonard's Place Cafe and Public Conveniences won in the Commercial (Small) category and Badger Wood Walk won in the Residential (Small) category. Congratulations to all the other winners.

Work is progressing well for the York Roast Company, who have two outlets in York. mass architecture have recently submitted a Listed Building Consent Application for the York Hogg Roast on Stone Gate (Grade II* Listed) in order to upgrade and extend the restaurant area to the first floor.

mass architecture have been working with the Central Methodist Church in York for over 12 months and have been looking in detail recently at how to refurbish the Chapel's substantial roof. This grade II* building is one of York's best kept secrets and claims to be the largest venue (at 1500 capacity) within the historic core, after the Minster.

The office recently celebrated Hannah Clayton's entry into the architectural world, having passed her professional exams. Congratulations and extremely well done Hannah.

Work continues for Breckenbrough School in Thirsk this month, as well as a new project for the York Hogg Roast Company to expand their operation with the Grade II* premises on Stonegate in York. The practice has also submitted two projects for the York Design Awards, which will be announced in June.

The mass architecture team has been joined by Andrew Robson who will be carrying out work experience with us until he returns to University for a Post Graduate Diploma in the autumn.

mass are pleased to have been appointed to work on a refurbishment of a Grade II Listed farmhouse in Askham Richard for a private client.

Hannah Clayton who started her professional training with mass in August 2014 is taking her professional exams this month. Good luck Hannah from everyone in the office.

Together with the 1st Holgate Scout Group, mass architecture carried out two community consultation events at Acomb Primary School to gain feedback from local residents about proposals for a new Scout Centre and community building. It was well attended by local councillors including the Lord Mayor who expressed their support for the project.

We are pleased to be taking part in the YAA and NYSA's Architect in t' House campaign. Raising money for local charities, architects will provide a free consultation in exchange for a donation of £45. For further details please go to; www.architectinthouse.co.uk

We have started on site with a private residential project in York with Kocyk Construction and submitted a planning application for an occupational therapy clinic in Thirsk this month.

Happy New Year to everyone! Our thoughts go out to all those families and businesses affected by the floods over the holidays.

We are looking forward to a busy January where we will see a large retrofit project starting on site in Harrogate on the 4th January with Kent Building Developments Ltd.

Mass Architecture are delighted to be working with Breckenbrough School in Thirsk to create a new Occupational Therapy Clinic. Breckenbrough is a residential Special School for boys with a range of learning and behavioural difficulties, including Asperger’s Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Partner Charlotte Harrison recently attended the annual Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) Conference 'Rural Matters', with guest speakers Kevin Hollinrake MP and Graham Stuart MP and the Bishop of Ripon. RAY provide a wide range of support to community organisations within the region. The Ley Hall project in Lealholm is due to be used by RAY as a case study to highlight the process of creating sustainable community buildings.

Work is due to start later this month on a full refurbishment and extension of a substantial 1930's house in Harrogate.
Kent Building Developments have been selected as the Main Contractor. The work includes the installation of a contemporary feature staircase, new kitchen and bathrooms and insulated render to the exterior. The aim was to work with the existing character of the house but to introduce complimentary elements that are of their own time.

Mass Architecture were one of 30 designers/creatives asked to customise a lamp (shaped as a bunny) as part of the 2015 Illuminating York festival of light. The bunnies are being displayed in 30 shop windows to create a trail with a specially designed map to help locate them. We are delighted that our bunny is being 'looked after' by Mulberry Hall on Stonegate.

Work is due to start on site this month on a detached, contemporary house in Copmanthorpe. Work has also started on two other sites in Dringhouses and Fulford for extensions/refurbishments for private clients.

Mass are also working with Kyra Women's Project, a charity based at the Central Methodist Church in York, to upgrade their facilities.

The Ley Hall was opened by Countryfile presenter Tom Heap this month. The Hall has had a complete refurbishment and a substantial new extension, funded by a Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant. With over 100 members of the community there to share the celebrations were the Bishop of Whitby and the great grand daughter of Lord and Lady Ley, the founders of the Hall.

Mass Architecture have been appointed to return a series of apartments into a substantial family home in York for a private client and have received planning permission to build a contemporary house in Copmanthorpe.

mass architecture are preparing this month for two community consultation events for the Friends of the Old Girls' School in Sherburn in Elmet and the 1st Holgate Scout Group in York.

Partner Glen McGowan was awarded a Master's Degree in Historic Building Conservation, from the University of York this month with Distinction. mass architecture have also been commissioned by two city centre churches; the Central Methodist Church and St Samsons.

The three large areas of structural glazing were installed in the Public Toilet and Retail Unit, at St Leonard's Place, last week using spider cranes to negotiate the tight working environment. Ravage Productions captured the whole thing beautifully on camera.

Work is progressing on the Public Toilet and Retail Unit at St Leonard's Place, which is due to open at Easter.
mass architecture have been working closely with United By Design to develop bespoke signage and iconography for the project that will reflect/compliment the new building's contemporary design.

Following a successful funding application, work has now started on the refurbishment of The Old Girls School in Sherburn-in-Elmet. The building has been 'saved' from possible demolition by a group of passionate local people and will now be developed to benefit the community.

To kick start the new year Ley Hall is due to commence on site with Transcore Ltd. acting as the Main Contractor. The project located in the village of Leaholm in the National Park, originally received planning permission in October 2010 and was awarded £462,000 in grant funding from The Big Lottery. A new contemporary extension will be created and the original stone church hall will be fully refurbished.

mass architecture were successful in their bid to complete a feasibility study for the 1st Holgate Scouts. They are looking to build a new home for their organisation and a facility for the wider community.

The public toilet and retail unit at St Leonard's Place, York, will see the steel frame constructed this month. The site is challenging in many ways and is surrounded by the City Wall; a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

mass architecture have moved into their new offices within the listed building at 54 Blossom Street.
We are very excited to be in this part of York where a number of other property and construction related businesses operate and look forward to meeting our new neighbours.

Partner Charlotte Harrison has joined Network York and is enjoying getting to know the group at their monthly meetings now taking place at Middlethorpe Hall.

mass architecture are pleased to welcome a new member of staff Hannah Clayton to their team.

The public toilets and retail unit will be starting on site later this month at St Leonard's Place in York.

The Badger Wood Walk retrofit/extension project also in York will be completing at the end of the month.

mass architecture received planning approval from the Area Panning Sub Committee for their scheme to construct a new retail unit and public toilets adjacent to the historic City Wall and Bootham Bar in York.

mass architecture have been appointed to carry out a retrofit of a substantial art deco residential property in Harrogate. The scheme includes an extensive thermal upgrade with specialist external wall insulation and rendering, replacement windows to match the period features and a bespoke staircase.

Partner Charlotte Harrison is acting as Chair for the York Curiouser programme, an exciting contemporary art event in York this month where 10 artists have created site specific art works in hidden corners of the city.

Partner Charlotte Harrison has been selected to serve for a second term on the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Design Review Panel. In addition, she has been selected to sit on the North East's Design Review Panel.

NEWS April 2014
At the beginning of April work started on site to transform a 1970's bungalow, situated in Heslington East, into an energy efficient dwelling with contemporary extension. The design includes copper cladding to the extension, triple glazed windows and doors throughout and MVHR. Work is expected to finish in August.

NEWS March 2014
Work is due to complete this month to the offices at Rougier House. City of York Council's, 'York Learning' Service will be moving into the building following completion and look forward to operating in their bespoke designed premises, in such a prominent location.

NEWS February 2014
mass architecture have been busy helping several York based charities relocate to new premises over the last few weeks;

SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) successfully moved into their new offices at 107-109 Walmgate at the beginning of the month and York Blind and Partially Sighted Society will be moving into their new office at Rougier House on Valentines Day.

The move by YBPSS is a small step in the direction of creating a Health and Social Care Hub as they will also be sharing with the Resource Centre for Deafened People (who are relocating from their office on Bootham) and hope that in coming together they will be able to provide a more efficient and effective service.

NEWS January 2014
2014 is the 10th Anniversary of mass architecture! We are looking forward to another successful year and a series of special events that will mark this occasion over the next 12 months.

NEWS December 2013
mass architecture have been asked to proceed with the next stage of Boroughbridge Methodist Church's retrofit/refurbishment project. The work will upgrade the community hall and refurbish some of the stained glass windows. Our involvement has included public consultation, obtaining statutory permissions and assisting with funding applications/funding advice.

NEWS November 2013
mass architecture have been asked to take the Grade II Listed, Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall to the next stage of the project after Ryedale DC recently granted planning permission for their proposals. The work will upgrade the former 'Tollbooth', assembly rooms and cinema into a fully accessible community facility.

mass architecture were invited to help develop the Sanderson's Mill Ecology Centre for The River Stewardship Company. This is an exciting project to create a new resource within an area of underused land, on the outskirts of Sheffield city centre.

NEWS October 2013
Partner Glen McGowan attended the European Walled Towns Symposium in Derry this month.

mass architecture continue to support the FOYW and the Fishergate Postern Tower project and as Chair of The Friends of York Walls, Glen received the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd at the Tower together with Paul Schofield from the Cabinet Office.

Hambleton Planning Authority granted permission for an extension to Holy Rood House in Thirsk. Set within a series of beautiful gardens, this historic building acts as a therapeutic retreat for residential guests and day visitors. The extension will increase their capacity to accommodate guests with wheelchairs and will provide a suite of counselling rooms as well as staff accommodation.

NEWS September 2013
The refurbishment and extension of Ley Hall, in the North York Moors, was awarded £315k this September by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Capital Programme. Construction is expected to start in the new year. The Ley Hall committee have been wonderful to work with over the last 3 years and we are really looking forward to starting this exciting phase of the project.

NEWS August 2013
York based charity SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) have appointed mass architecture to convert 107-109 Walmgate into their new office premises.

NEWS July 2013
City of York Council granted Planning Permission for No. 23 The Green, a zero carbon, 4-bedroom detached house with the Acomb Green Conservation Area. The York Press featured the design in print and online describing it as one of the greenest dwellings in the City, using 75% less energy than an equivalent new-build house designed to current building regulations.

NEWS June 2013
Partner Charlotte Harrison delivered a presentation on sustainable development to an audience of developers, builders and architects at CYC's new HQ West Offices. Along side ARUP, Derek Latham and the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humber, the collective aim was to present different design and planning tools such as PassivHaus, Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM, together with an overview of sustainable materials for retrofit of historic buildings.

As Co-Chair of the York Architectural Association, partner Charlotte Harrison has been heavily involved in the Love Architecture Festival 2013 preparations over the last few months. Huge efforts have also been made by Co-Chair Lucy Morris, Treasurer Robin Jackson and Secretary Colin Briggs, as well as numerous other volunteers and Festival partners. We are really looking to this exciting event and feel confident that it will be successful in engaging the public of York in their city and it's outstanding architecture.

mass architecture and the Ley Hall project committee will be celebrating the submission of their Reaching Communities Stage 3 Application on Monday 10th June. This is a significant milestone in their fundraising process to refurbish and extend their church hall in Lealholm.

NEWS May 2013
The villagers of Stillington in North Yorkshire are delighted with their new village hall roof, which reached practical completion on the 17th May.

mass architecture partner Charlotte Harrison is to attend the Greening Education Conference at The Brewery in London on the 1st May. This will cover how much progress is being made on the journey to 80% carbon emission reductions from the 1990 baseline by 2050.

NEWS April 2013
mass architecture and York based F Parkinson Ltd. building contractors have been successful in their joint bid for the Northstar Housing Group Framework. This is a very exciting opportunity to work with F Parkinson a well-established family business who share our values. Northstar Housing Group, based in Teeside, are an amalgamation of Endeavour Housing Association and Teesdale Housing Association.

NEWS March 2013
Charlotte attended the 'LeedsEmpties' tour of two deep retrofits by Homeless charities Latch and Canopy in Leeds.
mass architecture have pledged support for this campaign by contributing architectural services in the next phase.

This month mass architecture partner Glen McGowan is busy visiting schemes submitted for the RIBA Regional Awards (Previously known as The RIBA White Rose Awards). He will provide feedback to the Judging Panel as part of the shortlisting process on Thursday 7th March.

NEWS Feb 2013
City of York Council unanimously approve the design by mass architecture to convert Oliver House, a former elderly people's home on Bishop Hill Junior, into a health and social care hub for over 20 charities in York.

NEWS Jan 2013
As part of their 25th Anniversary The Partners Group are inviting 25 companies to participate in their Pathfinder days. The profits will be donated to two local charities, Speakability and Young Carers Revolution. The Partners Group are a York based company that provide specialist PR services to the built environment sector. mass architecture are pleased to support this charitable event and are very much looking forward in January to an intense day of strategic thinking!

mass architecture have been engaged to carry out the planning application and project manage the installation of a new facility for Courts Community Youth Club in Hull. This will be used to provide a cooking club for young people in the area.

Congratulations to Ley Hall in the North York Moors for getting through to the Big Lottery's 'Reaching Communities' Stage 3 and for being awarded a Project Development Grant. mass architecture are now to progress the project to RIBA Work Stage E.

NEWS Oct 2012
mass architecture are awarded the Design Development and Planning Stages for the redevelopment of Oliver House in York. Currently a City of York Council owned elderly people's home, the study will look at converting it into an innovative new hub for charities and voluntary groups in the area.

NEWS Sept 2012
Partner Glen McGowan to commence a Masters Degree at University of York in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings).

NEWS Aug_2012
mass architecture expand their team by welcoming Jon Brookman, chartered technologist into the practice.

NEWS July_2012
mass architecture are awarded the feasibility study for the redevelopment of Oliver House in York. Currently a City of York Council owned elderly people's home, the study will look at converting it into an innovative new hub for charities and voluntary groups in the area.

NEWS June 2012
mass architecture are commission to carry out a feasibility study for the development of an education resource centre on a wetland park created by the Sheffield Wildlife Trust

NEWS April_2012
Integreat Plus Design Review to be held on 18th April in York, for mass architecture project 'Making York Walls Accessible - Contemporary interventions'

NEWS_February 2012
mass architecture and LEDA embark on new Community Arts Hub project for Leeds based Pyramid of Arts

NEWS_January 2012
Fishergate Postern Tower launches 'Buy a Stone' campaign with Lord Mayor on 17th January.
mass architecture partner Glen MCGowan presents progress on Tower project to Friends of York Walls.

mass architecture partner Charlotte Harrison to join the Integreat Plus, Planning and Climate Change Review Panel

Public consultation event regarding Fishergate postern held on Yorks' Parliament Street, November 13th.

mass architecture partner Charlotte Harrison presents at Rural Action Yorkshire annual conference on Green Community Buildings.

mass architecture partner Charlotte Harrison elected to RIBA Council North East as representative for York and Sustainability

mass architecure collaborating with LEDA (Leeds Environmental Design Association) on arts and community projects for Leeds City Council and Sheffield Wildlife Trust

mass architecture partner Glen McGowan
co-opted onto Friends of York Walls Committee
to assist conversion of Fishergate Postern Tower
to a community building

mass architecture win
York Design Award 2011
for Beech House
in Residential Project Catagory

mass architecture become
approved supplier for Tata Steel

York Minster 'Year of the Environment' Exhibition

mass architecture appointed for Grade II Memorial Hall refurbishment project