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Reiach and Hall celebrate Forth Valley College completion

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June 29 2012

Reiach and Hall celebrate Forth Valley College completion
Reiach & Hall have hosted an evening celebration of their recently completed Stirling campus for Forth Valley College.

Located on a fold in the river Forth at Raploch the college is intended to strengthen links between local business and the community and acts as a centre for hospitality and the creative industries the campus specialises in construction, care, health & sport, applied sciences, computing and business

It is the second of two competition winning designs to be completed by the practice for Forth Valley College and incorporates workshops, a refectory, learner centre and gymnasium in addition to classrooms, studios and staff accommodation.

Forth Valley College Principal, Linda McKay said: “The building really is spectacular and I don’t think we could have possibly found a more beautiful location.  

“The new campus will allow us to build our profile in Stirling and also deliver more courses than ever before.  Our vision is to play a key role in the future success of the local area.”

Reiach & Hall director Andy Law told Urban Realm: “It’s an expansive building which is designed to enclose and claim outside space. One of the things we said to the college during interview was any type of education institution requires a number of different types of space. Teaching, group learning, individual and outside spaces.

Extensive use of deep set rooflights helped the scheme on its way to a BREEAM Excellent rating although Law ruefully pointed out that the passive ventilation point was lost as a 2.5sq/m office in the kitchen and reception office weren’t incorporated.

The £15.6m project was delivered at just shy of £2k per m2 and was delivered in conjunction with Miller Construction.
A landscaped walkway snakes its way between the college and river
A landscaped walkway snakes its way between the college and river
A restaurant with catering provided by students will be opened to the public
A restaurant with catering provided by students will be opened to the public

Both Stirling and Alloa share design characteristics, notably the use of blonde brick
Both Stirling and Alloa share design characteristics, notably the use of blonde brick
Spectacular views are offered from the campus across the Forth to the Wallace Monument
Spectacular views are offered from the campus across the Forth to the Wallace Monument

Stirling is designed to withstand 500 year flooding events - handy in the current climate
Stirling is designed to withstand 500 year flooding events - handy in the current climate

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