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Thistle Centre of Wellbeing

Craigmillar, Edinburgh
Thistle Foundation


Culture & Community
March 2017
Lead Consultant & Architect / 3DReid
Project Manager / Arcadis
Structural Engineer / Goodson
M&E Engineer / DSSR
Fire Consultant / Astute Fire
Contractor / CCG (Scotland)
© David Cadzow

Civic Trust Awards 2018 Regional (Finalist)

Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards 2017, Wood Award (Winner)

Royal Institute Architects in Scotland Award 2017 (Finalist)

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

Scottish Design Awards 2017, Health Building (Finalist)


Re-establishing a central heart to the area, the building offers key facilities for those who the Thistle Centre supports.

The Thistle Centre, 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.

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

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.


Key to the success of this has been the strong collaboration between the Client and the Design Team.

With stakeholders made an integral part of the design process, at every step of the way, this continuous focus and involvement has ensured that the core ethos of the organisation is fully supported, enhanced and encapsulated within the resulting scheme.

Thistle Garden Rooms, Edinburgh

Planning has been granted for Thistle Garden Rooms; a new-build community-centred building located adjacent to Thistle Centre of Wellbeing.

To accommodate the predicted increase in demand for support, the new building is a two-storey structure while the existing facility is a single storey. Every care has been taken to ensure the additional height has minimal impact on neighbours and enhanced landscaping will also provide an additional amenity to people living locally.

The Garden Rooms building is designed to be a flexible, economic to run and sustainable facility for the future benefit of both those who are supported by Thistle and the wider local community.

“We chose 3DReid as they offered the highest level of understanding of the brief and the most adaptable to our collaborative way of working – they did not disappoint us in any way.”

Diana Noel-Paton, CEO, Thistle Foundation
Diana Noel-Paton,
CEO, Thistle Foundation
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