In Pictures: School celebrates Chinese New Year showcasing former hotel that will become part of the campus
Fairview International School in Bridge of Allan offered the local community the opportunity to learn about the transformation project of the old historic Royal Hotel that is currently taking place at an event that formed part of the school’s Chinese New Year celebrations.
The event offered the first chance to get an update of future plans, ahead of the official opening of the building. Max the Piper, a member of the world champion Juvenile Pipe Band, started proceedings before Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Association performed a dance as part of the school’s Chinese New Year celebrations as the day welcomed the Year of the Tiger. After the performances guests were able to go into the building and see a collection of old photographs of the historic building in its past life, as well as see the plans for what is to come.
The former hotel is an iconic building within Bridge of Allan, and following the purchase of the building in June 2021, Fairview International School, Bridge of Allan, started the project to restore and transform the building to its past glory whilst adapting the facility to become part of the school’s campus.
The transformed building is the vision of John McHarg, from JMC Architecture, who has designed the layout of the building to be repurposed for school use whilst paying homage to the building’s history. The project is being managed by Bridge of Allan-based project manager, Scott Ambercrombie, as the former hotel becomes part of the extended school’s campus, with boarding facilities, additional learning spaces and spaces for community use.
The first phase of the transformation project, which started on site in the Summer of 2021, is set to be completed in late Spring 2022, with key work including essential grounds maintenance, the development of the community areas, development of the living areas and the opening of the pastoral and study spaces.
David Hicks, Fairview International School, Bridge of Allan headteacher, said: “It’s exciting that we have been able to showcase our plans for The Royal as we get ever close to the launch. As well as becoming an addition to our campus, the facility will serve as a venue for the local community. Our vision is that of a community hub for learning and events as well as for the use of local residents. It’s even more special that we have been able to celebrate the building and Chinese New Year with the local community with brilliant performances from Max and Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Association.”
Architect John McHarg added: “I have been involved in the conservation and renovation of many buildings around Scotland so I was absolutely delighted to be asked to assist in the renovation of such an iconic and much loved building in the heart of the Bridge of Allan community. As always, buildings of this age require specialist knowledge and experience in any development and it is this that I will be bringing to all aspects of the project. It is my belief that the ongoing transformation will breathe new life not just into the building but also to the community as a whole.”