Andrew Doolan Award preview: Forth Valley College - Falkirk Campus
To mark the run-up to the 2022 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award winner being announced next week, SCN will preview all the shortlisted entries beginning with the Forth Valley College - Falkirk Campus designed by Reiach and Hall Architects.
The new Falkirk Campus for Forth Valley marks the culmination of a decade-long estates programme, and a remarkable period of collaboration between the college and Reiach and Hall Architects.
With a focus on science and technology, engineering, sport and healthcare, the project embodies a progressive approach to education where inclusion and respect are key, and which is enhanced by cutting edge classrooms, flexible spaces and advanced technology.
The opening of Forth Valley College’s new Falkirk Campus marked the culmination of eleven years of collaboration with Reiach and Hall Architects and the completion of a “family” of three campus buildings in Alloa, Stirling and Falkirk.
The new campus - which will serve as Forth Valley College’s headquarters - completes the college’s ambitious £128 million estates programme which saw their Alloa Campus (£21mn) opened in 2011 and their Stirling Campus (£29m) opened a year later. The Scottish Government’s investment in the construction of the new campus, makes the campus one of the largest publicly funded building projects in Scotland.
Designed by architects Reiach and Hall Architects and delivered by Keppie Design and Balfour Beatty the unique state-of-the-art facilities include, world class laboratories, a process training rig, transmission training centre, distillation plant, virtual control room, mini-rig, biotechnology centre, construction workshops, sports centre and front of house training salons for hairdressing and beauty.
The full shortlist includes:
- Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus, Falkirk by Reiach and Hall Architects
- High Sunderland, Galashiels by Loader Monteith
- Jedburgh Grammar Campus, Jedburgh by Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design
- Lockerbie Sawmill, Lockerbie by Konishi Gaffney
- Quarry Studios, Aberdeenshire by Moxon Architects
Images by Keith Hunter Photography