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Gannochy Trust Lifetime Neighbourhood in Perth wins two awards and a commendation at the Scottish Design Awards
July 20, 2021

The Gannochy Trust’s intergenerational neighbourhood in Perth designed by Glasgow architecture firm Anderson Bell + Christie, has picked up two awards and a commendation at the Scottish Design Awards on Thursday evening. The awards were in the Residential Multi-Unit and Affordable Housing categories and the commendation was for Landscaping / Public Realm.

The panel of judges expressed their admiration for the development’s clear and bold design concepts, and the bringing together of ideas to deliver a sense of community and ownership, and a place where people wanted to live. The development’s extensive community consultation as part of the design process was also highlighted, as well as core design features including the development’s flexibility to accommodate ‘intergenerational living’, linkages between internal and external spaces and to the landscape, use of sustainable building techniques and architecture than improves health and wellbeing.

The new 48 house development integrates seamlessly with the original housing estate built by Gannochy Trust founder and former Scotch whisky entrepreneur and philanthropist, Arthur Kinmond (A.K.) Bell in the 1920’s. Not only is the new neighbourhood well integrated in terms of building proportions, scale and layout, but careful consideration of the existing tenant community means the new housing will accommodate their future needs as they age, and will also attract younger families and accommodate carers to create an inclusive and resilient community.

The new development is underpinned by three core design principles, inspired by A.K. Bell; ‘Healthy Homes for Life,’ ‘Lifetime Neighbourhoods’ and ‘High Quality Design,’ which aim to improve health, accessibility and connectedness for tenants, with the flexibility to adapt to their needs as circumstances change. These guiding principles will help the Trust provide rented accommodation to a wide range of people, from small families to single people of all ages, including those who need additional support to live in their own home.

The Gannochy Trust Lifetime Neighbourhood was built by Campion Homes and designed by Glasgow architectural firm Anderson Bell + Christie. ‘Healthy Homes for Life,’ and ‘High Quality Design’   elements also received design input from the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at Glasgow School of Art with support from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

Stephen Lamb, Director of Anderson Bell Christie said: “We are delighted to receive the Scottish Design Awards for Residential Multi-Unit and Affordable Housing, and a commendation for Public Realm / Landscaping. This success is a result of the hard work of a large team of consultants and contractors, and on behalf of them all I express our gratitude.”

David Gray, Chairman of The Gannochy Trust said: “We are delighted that our new housing development has been recognised in these national design awards, and that some of the key design features we incorporated have been highlighted by the judging panel.”