Stirling Campus

The aim for Forth Valley College was to create a Stirling Campus to the BREEAM for Education “Excellent” rating. BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method and our aim is to minimise the adverse effects of our new campus on the environment at global and local scales whilst promoting healthy indoor conditions for the occupants. The following data relates to one of the BREEAM evidence sections and gives key information on the build.

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Key features to support BREEAM in the Stirling Campus include:

  • High quality passive design elements and efficient building services
  • The use of significantly increased insulation levels (+40%), improved insulation materials and improved u-values in order to reduce heat and energy loss throughout the building
  • Use of energy efficient lighting with daylight sensing, occupancy sensing and timers to reduce unnecessary energy consumption
  • Use of low flow water features, leak detection, proximity detection, shut-off and sub-metering to limit water wastage
  • Provision and use of a Rain Water Harvester system to circulate grey water for toilets and reduce water consumption
  • Solar panels for pre-heating of the hot water for 40% of the College's hot water demand 

BREEAM Rating & Score

Our aim is to achieve a BREEAM 'Very Good' aiming for 'Excellent'

-Targeting above 67%

Key Building Information

Key innovative and low impact design features of the building Rain Water Harvester, solar panels,low energy lighting, daylight sensor lighting, low flow meters and water activation and detection devices
Basic Building Cost - £/m2 £1,613 m2
Services Costs - £/m2 £451 m2
External Works - £/m2 £113.56 m2
Gross Floor Area - m2 7,750 m2
Total Area of the Site - Hectares 4.29 Hectares
Area of Circulation (m2) 1,446 m2
Area of Storage (m2) Level 0 - 288.5 m2 / Level 1 - 37.6m2
% of area of grounds to be used by community (where relevant) 20% (approx) footpath river walk
% of area of buildings to be used by the community 737 m2
Predicted electricity consumption - kWh/m2 90.4kWh/m2
Predicted fossil consumption - kWh/m2 Annual gas consumption 147.3 kWh/m2 = 1,151739.7 kWh (includes an allowance for catering use)
Predicted renewable energy generation - kWh/m2 Solar panels which produce 24,718 kWh per year; 3.16 kWh/m2
Predicted water use - m3/person/year Annual water consumption per student 5.4 m3/student
% predicted water use to be provided by rainwater or greywater Rainwater will provide almost 20% of the College's predicted water use
Numbers of building users on a typical day Approximately 1,600 users daily, during term time
Main Function Areas and Size (m2)
Refectory & Cafe Area (Level 0) 199 m2
Fitness Suite (Level 0) 100 m2
Flexible Learning/Breakout Space (Level 0) 30 m2 x 2 = 60 m2
Classrooms and Computer Rooms (Level 0) 369 m2
Specialist Teaching (Level 0) 1,696 m2
Meeting Rooms (Level 0) 50 m2
Staff Workrooms (Level 0) 254 m2
LRC (Level 1) 193 m2
Restaurant, Dining & Bar (Level 1) 98 m2
Classroom/Conference Suite 1 (Level 1) 50 m2
Classroom/Conference Suite 2 (Level 1) 62.5 m2
Public Room (Level 1) 62.5 m2
Flexible Learning/Breakout Space (Level 1) 30 m2 x 2 = 60 m2
Classrooms & Computer Rooms (Level 1) 417 m2
Specialist Teaching (Level 1) 228 m2
Meeting Rooms (Level 1) 57 m2
Staff Workrooms (Level 1) 222 m2

Minimising Environmental Impact

During the construction of the Stirling Campus, the contractor carried out a range of activities to ensure a reduction in environmental impact including:

  • Constructing and maintaining a 'Bug Hotel'
  • Protecting mature trees on the site through the use of fencing
  • Preventing access to the river bank with the use of fencing
  • Supplying and maintaining bird and bat boxes
  • Carrying out daily checks to ensure site debris had not left the site boundary
  • Arranging weekly litter picks in the surrounding areas
  • Using site generators as super-silenced and protective acoustic bunding was installed to ensure there was no noise nuisance 
  • Employing a Bio-diversity champion to ensure all site operatives were aware of environmental matters and to maintain a logbook throughout the project 
  • Conducting weekly ecology checks to monitor all control measures on site 
  • Access to the river bank for the local angling club was maintained throughout the project 
  • Spill training was provided to site operatives and spill kits were supplied at strategic points around the site 

Social & Economically Sustainable Achievements

During the construction of the Stirling Campus, the building contractor adopted the following measures:

  • Forth Valley College construction students were employed throughout the project. They worked with various trades on the site and gained valuable work experience.
  • The contractor engaged with the local community, the Raploch Community Campus and various local schools in order to achieve a Silver Considerate Constructors Award 
  • The footpath along the top of the river bank was upgraded during the construction of the campus and features such as permanent benches were installed to ensure a lasting legacy for the general public