Design Awards 2013
The Preshal Trust
Elder and Cannon
The Preshal Trust is a charity working to tackle the problems of social exclusion in the Linthouse area. It provides a wide range of social and educational activities that can assist with issues of poverty, addiction, literacy, depression and self esteem.
The Trust had been operating from a severely run down and cramped property and required a hall and kitchen to serve hot lunches, and also to teach basic home skills. The brief was also for a multipurpose building for learning, music recording, computing and youth club facilities, and with the potential for community events.
The Trust had suffered from break-ins, and our challenge was to create a robust yet welcoming building that would capture the spirit of the Trust. Our response celebrates the hall, keeping the rest simple, restrained and secure. The entry recess, however, reveals something ‘precious’ (preshal in Gaelic) and a feature cross provides a subtle clue to the building’s purpose.