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Thistle Foundation

Project description

The Centre of Wellbeing, in Edinburgh, for the Thistle Foundation – a charitable organisation who offer support to those with disabilities, enabling them to live independent lives, in their own homes.

Replacing a former facility that was no longer fit for purpose and uneconomical, the footprint of the building was rotated through 90 degrees, forming a more permeable public realm to the front of the building and improving the setting of the Chapel, whilst creating a secured garden space to the rear of the site, now a designated Conservation Area.

A series of complementary facilities, including a gym, consultation and training rooms and the Charity’s office accommodation, are anchored around a double-height ‘Hub’ space.

Innovations & added value

Through extensive use of timber cladding, both inside and out, the project offers a warm and inviting environment for those who visit, many of whom suffer from anxiety-related conditions. Crafting a non-institutional and friendly presence was instrumental in ensuring that the built environment aligned to the core ethos of the Charity.

Interior Design

3DReid Interiors team




2018 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist

2017 Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards – Wood Award (Winner)

2017 Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors Awards – Community Benefit (Winner)

2017 RIAS Award Finalist

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