New Forth Valley College campus moves forward

The Middlefield block has been demolished to make way for the new build
The Middlefield block has been demolished to make way for the new build

An award winning firm of architects has been hired to design Forth Valley College’s new £70 million Falkirk Campus.

Edinburgh firm Reiach and Hall were confirmed as the successful winners of the tender process this week.

The firm was responsible for designing the college’s campuses in Alloa in 2011 and Stirling in 2012 which both won awards from the Civic Trust in 2013.

Alloa was also recognised by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) in 2012 as was Stirling the following year.

College principal Dr Ken Thomson said: “They have a superb reputation and we are very pleased to have them on board for Falkirk. The tender process was very competitive, but we are confident Reiach and Hall are the best candidates to help us realise our vision for the future of Forth Valley College and complete the final part of the jigsaw in our estates development strategy to provide a modern and inspiring learning environment to all our students.

“They have already proved their worth with the excellent design and completion of our campuses in Alloa and Stirling - on time and on budget - and we are very confident they will do the same for our Falkirk HQ.”

The build was approved by Finance Secretary John Swinney last October as part of a £140 million spend on further education.

It will be built on the site of the former Middlefield Building on Grangemouth Road which was bulldozed earlier this year.

Andy Law, a director of Reiach and Hall, said: “We are of course delighted to be allowed to complete the work we have begun for the college. The architecture of education can make a real difference at a crucial phase of people’s lives and it is a privilege to engage in the challenges of such a project.”

Construction work is due to start in spring 2017 and the college expects to be ready to welcome the first students by August 2019.