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Forth Valley College Falkirk campus given official go ahead

Forth Valley College’s new Falkirk campus has been given the green light from the Scottish Government.

The £78 million campus will be largely funded by the Government, through the Scottish Funding Council.

It’ll be built by construction company Balfour Beatty, who’ve been appointed contractors for the project – architectural firm Reiach and Hall have been appointed to design the new campus.

The campus, which is due to be completed by late 2019, will house more than 2,000 students.

The new Falkirk HQ will focus heavily on science and engineering training facilities.

The College say works will commence this Autumn and at peak construction will employ more than 250 individuals, including 18 apprenticeship positions and opportunities for 10 long-term unemployed people.

Education Secretary John Swinney said, “We are pleased to support Forth Valley College’s plans for its Falkirk Campus which will help provide thousands of students with a modern and inspiring learning environment.

“I am particularly glad to hear of the focus on science and engineering training facilities, given the importance of these subjects to Scotland’s economy, and very much welcome the creation of various job opportunities as part of the project.”

Dr Ken Thomson, Forth Valley College Principal said, “Balfour Beatty have a superb industry reputation and we are very pleased to have them on board as contractors for our new Falkirk Campus.

“The tender process was very competitive and we are confident Balfour Beatty is the best candidate to help us realise our vision for the future of Forth Valley College.

“We will be working with Balfour Beatty to optimise local benefits and opportunities as the projects progress.”

Hector Macaulay, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Regional business in Scotland, said, “This is another great win for our business in Scotland, and we are delighted to be able to provide over 2,000 students in Falkirk with a stimulating and exciting study environment.

“Throughout the project lifecycle, we will work closely with a variety of key community stakeholders including the Polmont Young Offenders Institution, Forth Valley Community Focus and The Engineering Trust to drive further benefit and deliver on our added social value promises.”

John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council said, “The announcement is great news.

“It means that staff and students at Forth Valley College’s Falkirk Campus will join their counterparts in Alloa and Stirling in benefiting from a new, modern campus designed for twenty-first century learning.”

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