The Gannochy Trust
Housing Expansion Project
About The Gannochy Trust
Arthur Kinmond Bell, the founder of the Gannochy Trust was a noted visionary who delivered his philanthropy with a degree of unassuming reserve. An extremely able businessman, with considerable foresight and acumen, he established the Gannochy Trust in 1937, for charitable and public purposes.
Many of A K Bell’s early projects were visionary and ahead of their time. One of his first projects was the building of the Gannochy Housing Estate between 1923 and 1931, a project described by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Neville Chamberlain, as ‘unique in character and certainly the best I have seen’.
A K Bell’s belief, that “after you have a roof over your head and your bread and butter” you should look to invest any surplus for the benefit of your native town, has matured into a lasting legacy that has improved the quality of life of many thousands of people, not only in Perth but all over Scotland.
The Charitable objectives of the Trust are to give grants to charities across Scotland with a preference for Perth and its environs; manage the model housing estate built by AK Bell which provides high quality housing at affordable rents; and to manage the Trust’s wider estate, the majority of which is run in order to provide amenity for the public. A full history and more information can be found on the Trust’s website.
The Housing Expansion Project
2012 was the 75th anniversary of the Gannochy Trust and, to mark the occasion, the Trustees decided to extend the housing estate to provide additional high-quality, affordable housing within the Perth City area. Affordable in this context refers to housing that will be let at mid-market rents. Further information on the Trust's proposals and how you can get involved is available here.