May the Forth be with us

12th April 2017

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A CONTRACT to prepare bills of quantities for tendering contractors for the new Forth Valley College campus in Falkirk has been secured by Soben.

The £83 million building will provide the headquarters for the college and will offer state-of-the-art learning environments.

It will be built on Grangemouth Road, Falkirk, on the site of the former Middlefield Building, next to the Helix Park – a location that has excellent transport links.

Key project partners include the Scottish Government, the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Futures Trust.

The new Falkirk campus will be the third to be developed by Forth Valley College, following the  opening of the Alloa campus in 2011 and the Stirling one in 2012.

More than 2000 full-time students per year will attend the Falkirk campus, which will also be home to 410 members of staff.

The campus will include modern, flexible and technology-enabled spaces and will boast industry standard workshops, laboratories and classrooms.

A key element of the project is the inclusion of a new arts centre, including a 500-seat, multi-purpose venue.

In addition, the campus will be built with sustainability in mind and is aspiring to achieve a rating of “very good” or “excellent” under the BREAMM protocol – the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

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

Soben Managing Director Scott Smyth said: “We are very pleased to have secured this project in Falkirk. It is rewarding to be involved in the creation of a modern and inspiring learning environment for students.

“Education makes 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.”