NEWS JANUARY 2016
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.
NEWS DECEMBER 2015
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.
NEWS NOVEMBER 2015
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.
NEWS OCTOBER 2015
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.
NEWS SEPTEMBER 2015
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.
NEWS JUNE 2015
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.
NEWS MAY 2015
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.
NEWS APRIL 2015
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.
NEWS MARCH 2015
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.
NEWS FEBRUARY 2015
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.
NEWS JANUARY 2015
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.
NEWS DECEMBER 2014
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.
NEWS NOVEMBER 2014
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.
NEWS OCTOBER 2014
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.
NEWS SEPTEMBER 2014
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.
NEWS AUGUST 2014
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.
NEWS JULY 2014
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.
NEWS JUNE 2014
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.
NEWS MAY 2014
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).
mass architecture expand their team by welcoming Jon Brookman, chartered technologist into the practice.
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
Integreat Plus Design Review to be held on 18th April in York, for mass architecture project 'Making York Walls Accessible - Contemporary interventions'
mass architecture and LEDA embark on new Community Arts Hub project for Leeds based Pyramid of Arts
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