Thursday 14 June 2012
An official key handover recently marked a significant milestone in the creation of Forth Valley College’s new £29million campus in Stirling.
Brian McQuade, (pictured right) Managing Director (Scotland) for Miller Construction UK Ltd - the main contractors for the build - presented the key to Forth Valley College Principal Linda McKay and Director of Estates Tom Gorman.
The presentation provided an opportunity to formally mark the completion of the new campus which is located at East Kildean.
The first cohort of staff and learners moved from the college’s former campus at Kerse Road in Stirling in April this year. They are already taking advantage of everything the new campus has to offer including state-of-the-art facilities and resources, modern interiors and a stunning riverside location which boasts inspiring views.
The new campus will become fully operation in August 2012. Course provision will link with key industries in the Stirling area with a strong focus on the areas of the areas of creative industries, hospitality, construction, culture and tourism
The College will also work in partnership with a range of local organisations including Stirling Council, Stirling University and Historic Scotland to develop flexible education and training opportunities and explore collaborative initiatives.
With close proximity to the heart of the business community, the new campus will also offer tailored training solutions for industry and access to high spec conference and event facilities.
Forth Valley College Principal, Linda McKay said: “We are delighted with our fantastic new campus and it’s a pleasure to officially receive the key today. The building really is spectacular and I don’t think we could have possibly found a more beautiful location.
“This is another key moment in the history of Forth Valley College following on from the launch of our new Alloa Campus last year. We’re confident these new campuses will enable us to continue to offer a high quality learning experience both now and in the future. Our state-of-the-art facilities will provide the capacity to develop new and innovative education and training opportunities in line with the needs of our learners and employers. We’re especially excited about the possibilities for our new Stirling Campus. 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.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Miller Construction for their contribution to the success of our estates project. We have been delighted with their hard work and professionalism throughout the process. Both campuses have also been built to a very high standard and we’re over the moon with what has been achieved.”
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: "Historic Scotland's new Stonemasonry Training Facility at the new campus in Forth Valley College will help secure the future of the nation's historic environment.
"Skills that help preserve our traditional buildings add substantially to the country's economic and cultural assets. We have lost many of these skills and it is essential that we halt this decline.
"We are increasingly realising the benefits of traditional construction methods, not only in preserving the traditional building stock, which comprises around one-fifth of our housing supply, but also in their contribution to sustainable new build.
"The new facility at Forth Valley College will help create and secure jobs, as well as assisting with the regeneration and improvement of Scotland's historic buildings, and contribute to economic growth."