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Yoker hits new heights with Scotland’s tallest timber structure

February 16 2017

Yoker hits new heights with Scotland’s tallest timber structure
Off-site construction specialists CCG have published plans for an innovative residential build in Yoker, Glasgow, combining use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and an acrylic brick-slip façade to create what will be the tallest timber structure in Scotland.

Situated on Ellerslie Road the Mast Architects designed development of 42 flats for Sanctuary will reach up to seven storeys, affording tenants expansive views over the River Clyde.

Selected as a sustainable alternative to steel and concrete CLT first emerged on the market in 2003, reaching its peak in 2009 with Murray Grove, London, which at nine storeys just pips Yoker to UK top billing.

CCG chairman and CEO Alastair Wylie, commented: “We are constantly innovating and whilst we do not manufacture CLT, we have used it as an extension of our OSM product to further enhance our approach to sustainable construction.

“This project is not only ground-breaking for CCG in terms of the CLT construction method but it also seeks to address some of the industry challenges in terms of resource demand; both the labour skills requirement and also the material supply chain.”

The project is expected to kick-off in March and will complete in autumn 2017.
The flats will form a new landmark by the Renfrew Ferry
The flats will form a new landmark by the Renfrew Ferry
The homes will rise on vacant ground behind Keppie's Yoker health centre
The homes will rise on vacant ground behind Keppie's Yoker health centre


#1 Posted by Yaldy on 16 Feb 2017 at 11:44 AM
Crackin wee bit of kit
The Punmeister General
#2 Posted by The Punmeister General on 16 Feb 2017 at 13:32 PM
#3 Posted by HFYN on 16 Feb 2017 at 14:10 PM
HFVN fail.
#4 Posted by lm on 16 Feb 2017 at 15:49 PM
What a disaster :(
#5 Posted by monkey9000 on 16 Feb 2017 at 15:59 PM
Why does the facade look like 70's wallpaper? Seems like an odd precedent...?
Sue Pearman
#6 Posted by Sue Pearman on 16 Feb 2017 at 16:51 PM
Yoker hits new low....
The design is very poor.
boaby wan
#7 Posted by boaby wan on 17 Feb 2017 at 12:04 PM
I'm all for a bit of CLT and building innovation, but do they have to make it look so awful?
If you are going to try and do something different why make it look like a poor mid-90's bit of guff?
There must have been a conscious and concerted effort by a team of people to get to this point, surely someone in there stood back and said "hold on a minute this is terrible"
Cptn Chaud
#8 Posted by Cptn Chaud on 17 Feb 2017 at 14:04 PM
Personally, I think it looks fantastic. It's great to see such innovation and use of modern methods and materials in Scotland. This will be one that Yoker can be proud of.
boaby two
#9 Posted by boaby two on 17 Feb 2017 at 14:04 PM
Hold on a minute, this is terrible.

Who looked at the ludicrous mass of that building and thought 'there is a severe lack of multicoloured stripes'?

I feel sorry for those who have long waited for a home only to be gifted with this embarrassment. There needs to be a strong reconsideration of how social housing is dealt with in this country or long live the bulldozer.

The Flâneur
#10 Posted by The Flâneur on 17 Feb 2017 at 15:43 PM
They’re using CLT and they then clad it in acrylic slip bricks


My god, you can even cut them with a pair of scissors…

Why MAST, why?

Was the taste ‘o’ meter in the office not working that day?

You could have produced something exciting and dynamic instead you are literally dressing it up in a veneer of fake plastic bricks?

#11 Posted by Eyesore on 17 Feb 2017 at 16:21 PM
You know they are struggling for selling features when they have to brand it as 'the tallest timber structure in Scotland!'
Looks absolutely terrible, Mast should be mortified to produce such rubbish...
#12 Posted by Bridseye on 18 Feb 2017 at 17:43 PM
Somebody want to tell them less is more. Far too many different materials/colours/etc; a trait which MAST are often guilty of. Horrifically poor design quality which will sadly impact on the interesting construction innovation.
#13 Posted by Charlie_ on 20 Feb 2017 at 13:32 PM
MAST have really outdone themselves here and that's saying something.

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