The historic designed landscape of Larbert House, an early 19thC parkland, is the location for the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital, incorporating both Falkirk and Stirling Royal hospitals. It is an exceptional site, in a largely parkland setting, extending to some 70 acres (28Ha).
We provided landscape planning and design, in addition to a full landscape and visual impact assessment, landscape masterplan and management framework for Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert and the wider estate. IWA’s role has continued in an advisory capacity and member of a NHS led steering group, responsible for environmental improvements and maintenance of the wider residual Larbert House estate.
The scale, character and quality of the existing landscape is a key asset of the site. The original policy plantings of mainly deciduous parkland and forest trees have been much modified, but offered the potential to provide a landscape setting of exceptional quality for the hospital and its users, if properly restored and managed.To integrate the hospital development within the design landscape required a layout that relates to this context, but also fully met the needs of patients, staff and visitors.