Thursday 21 June 2012
Forth Valley College’s new Alloa Campus has won a prestigious award for its architectural design as one of only 18 designs selected as “the very best of current Scottish architecture”.
The new £21 million Campus in the heart of Alloa - designed by Reiach and Hall and built by Miller Construction - was one of only 18 winners at the inaugural Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards Dinner held at the Glasgow Hilton on Wednesday 20 June.
The judges selected the new Alloa Campus from a long-list of 71 submissions and a short-list of 23 recently built projects.
In capturing the unique qualities of the design, the design judges said: “Within a wooded hilltop landscape close to Alloa Town Centre this new college is both inviting and stimulating. It is designed to encourage social interaction between learners and staff from different disciplines. The plan responds to pragmatic issues such as flat ground (for workshops and service yard) and safe vehicle access. Embracing views to the Ochils, this is a powerfully expressive new focus for the town.”
A delighted Forth Valley College Principal, Linda McKay, said: “I would like to congratulate Andy Law, Mark Dawson and the team at Reiach and Hall on their achievement in winning this major architectural award. For us, the building is already a huge success – enjoyed by staff and students alike and creating an ideal environment for skills and learning.
“But it was always our ambition, in creating a new Alloa campus, to bring learners and learning right in to the heart of the town and to be a real presence in the community. I hope the people of Alloa will also share our pride and satisfaction that this splendid new campus has been recognised by such a prestigious body as The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).”
A spokesperson for Reiach and Hall Architects, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Alloa Campus for Forth Valley College has been awarded an RIAS Award, in the inaugural year of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland’s award process. These awards are never easy to win especially given that the standard this year was particularly high.
“Winning awards like these takes years of hard work from everyone in the client, design and construction team and it provides great recognition of the effort involved – not only recognising the quality of the building - but more importantly the commitment Forth Valley College is making towards improving their facilities for education and the community.”