Our development team is a tried-and-tested collaboration between small-scale construction professionals who have worked together on a number of award-winning projects in Cornwall and the South-West. All members recognise the importance of designing for tomorrow to ensure that we do not burden the next generation with buildings that use finite resources wastefully, pollute the atmosphere or create excessive carbon emissions.
We hope that you share our goal of creating projects that respect both the planet and people. Please see our ZERO CARBON page for a better understanding of why we believe that everyone should be designing and building more sustainably NOW
N-Z-L founder, architect, developer, holiday property operator and Cornwall-phile
KAST Architects founder, award-winning architect, windsurfer and long-term Cornish resident
Rupert has had a varied career, driven by his passion for high quality design and property development - linked by an underlying thread of design for sustainability and the future of the planet. His 20+ years experience of architecture, property development, business start-ups, luxury holiday home operations and the challenges of operating businesses in Russian and India have provided him with a diverse skillset - and great resilience!
Nicholas is the founding director of KAST Architects, a practice he established in 2014, that specialises in new build houses, offices and primary schools.
Nicholas spent a year in practice in Malaysia, during which he developed a keen interest in the concept of regionalism and a critical awareness of designing in response to locality and climate. He has an excellent understanding of the principles of sustainable and low energy construction and has a practical appreciation of how to integrate sustainability, project delivery and value for money. He also works as a visiting tutor at Falmouth University’s School of Architecture.
Nick's fellow director is a certified Passivhaus Designer
Our other design and build team members include:
Civil & Structural Engineering
Low Carbon Services Engineering
Our Inspiration Team are already building carbon neutral 'properties' in Cornwall.
This is why we're passionate about the future of Cornwall and the planet...
"Olga and Rupert are lovely hosts who take great pride in their properties and provide an exceptional experience which is difficult to fault. Everything from the chilled scented towels on arrival to the chilled room and everything in between speaks of their eye for detail. Marari Villas provides that quintessential Kerala experience but with all the comfort and attention to detail you'd expect from seasoned hosts and hoteliers."
"At every stage KAST have been incredibly supportive and their handling throughout the planning stages was so diplomatic. Their love of great craftsmanship and their passion for Cornish materials shines through every aspect of the house. We are not only proud of the amazing achievement Sylvania is, but we are proud to call KAST our friends."
"I couldn't be any happier with the results. They have transformed my business with their creative vision. Staff and clients to our hair salon are very impressed. Thanks, we all love it! "
"I have worked with 'ML' for over 5 years on varied landscape projects. I love their collaborative approach to design. They have helped achieve a holistic approach to joint projects that seamlessly links built design buildings with landscape. They are innovative, creative and a pleasure to work with."
"We work with 'W' regularly on a variety of projects at a variety of scales. When we recommend 'GG's services to our clients we are happy in the knowledge that they will get thorough and professional advice from an expert in his field, a.k.a. the 5-star treatment!"
"We have used 'W' and his team on all of our projects. Will has a great in-depth knowledge of the low energy industry and the application of technologies. His work is always of a very high standard, neat and tidy. Overall, I would highly recommend and look forward to working with him on our next project."
Interior Design Awards
Landscape Design Awards
Services Engineer Awards