MAST Architects are an award winning practice based in Glasgow.
Our 50 strong team deliver projects across a number of sectors with a particular focus on residential, conservation and community projects. In addition to these, we are also involved on care, leisure, work and learning projects.
MAST adopt an innovative and pragmatic approach to design, working closely with clients to achieve their aims and objectives, underpinned by our belief that people, place and community should be placed at the heart of what we do.
We believe that all projects are unique and we work to develop sustainable environments, with an emphasis on creating a sense of place.
As part of a wider regeneration scheme of 178 mixed-tenure dwellings, five semi-detached blocks were identified for consideration as a pilot study promoted by Glasgow City Council. This aimed to investigate how varying levels of sustainability could be achieved within a typical two-bedroom dwellling.
The five blocks were configured to ever-increasing levels of compliance with the SBSA Section 7 standards, namely:
- The Benchmark House (Silver Aspects 1 – 8)
- The Simple House (Gold Aspect 1/Silver Aspect 2-8)
- The Renewable House (Gold Aspects 1-8)
- The Platinum House (Platinum Aspect 1/Silver Aspects 2-8)
- The Passive House (Certified Passivhaus Standard)
The client and Glasgow City Council have jointly undertaken to carry out post-completion monitoring over a period of years to establish the benefits of each pilot model, in terms of resident comfort, ease of operation, and the true reduction in fuel bills.
This project delivers 42 flatted dwellings for mid-market rent on a prominent site overlooking the River Clyde. It is one of Scotland’s most advanced housing projects through its adoption of cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, and at seven stories is Scotland’s tallest timber building.
The entirety of the building’s superstructure, including the common close and lift shaft, was constructed in timber, with lightweight rainscreen cladding systems used externally to minimise the use of wet trades.
These approach yielded significant benefits in terms of reduced construction time, reduced material wastage, as well as inherent air tightness, acoustic and thermal properties.
This multi-award winning project, regenerating a formerly derelict brownfield site adjacent to the Forth and Clyde Canal, provides 108 dwellings in a mixture of flats and terraced housing.
The entire project has been delivered utilising an advance off-site manufacturing system, with windows, doors and internal linings installed within a factory-controlled environment. In addition to these, the external finish utilises a lightweight brick slip system, which was again installed within the factory.
These approaches yielded benefits in terms of reduced site time and minimising wet trades on site, as well as ensuring that a highly efficient building envelope was achieved throughout with high levels of air tightness and thermal performance.
The delivery of this scheme required close collaboration with the contractor , timber kit supplier and cladding manufacturer to ensure that a co-ordinated approach was maintained.