Forth Valley College’s new campuses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk represent a major new development for further and higher education in Central Scotland. KJ Tait have undertaken MEP detailed design on all three projects.
In Stirling, a new £15M, 7,500m² campus provides state-of-the-art facilities for 1,500 students, delivering a wide range of subjects including construction, engineering, leisure and creative industries with Alloa Campus providing construction, engineering, electronics and computing subjects to over 800 students accommodated within a new £12M, 5,500m² building.
Falkirk was the final campus to be completed and is the College’s main flagship campus. Set across three interconnecting buildings with an overall floor area of 21,000m² and a construction value of £60M, it provides teaching facilities for 2000 students and has a focus on science, technology and engineering. This campus sets out to deliver a modern learning experience and further foster close relations with nearby industry such as the petrochemical sector in Grangemouth.
All the campuses employ thin-client ICT infrastructure, giving considerable sustainability benefits due to the reduced requirement for air conditioning and mechanical ventilation within the teaching spaces. This, in addition to careful consideration of the buildings and their materials, ensured that low-energy sustainable design was delivered.
The Falkirk campus incorporates an Energy Centre which delivers heating, cooling and power to all building on this campus. The heating and cooling are provided from a ground source heat pump system and PV cells have been provided in the roof to reduce site electrical consumption.