MACDONALD WELCOMES PLANS FOR NEW FORTH VALLEY COLLEGE FALKIRK CAMPUS
Sunday, 19 October 2014 17:37
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed further detail following the announcement by Scottish Government Finance Secretary John Swinney that Forth Valley College is to receive a significant share of a £140 million NPD (Not for Profit Distribution) investment to develop a new college campus in Falkirk.
It is proposed the new campus will be built on the site of the College’s existing Middlefield Building which is scheduled to be demolished between November 2014 and March 2015.
The announcement will allow the college to progress to a full business case for the new campus and will kick start consultation with partners, employers and the local community.
Welcoming the further detail, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“I am over the moon that the funding has been secured for a new Falkirk campus for Forth Valley College. There have been some disappointments along the road to securing funding however many people have been working behind the scenes to ensure this result. Indeed, I have lobbied the Education Secretary Mike Russell myself on a number of occasions, who has been very aware of the need for a new campus in Falkirk.
“Our SNP Scottish Government has shown yet again that it is a listening government and has delivered once more for Falkirk district in what will no doubt be a significant boost for students, staff and the wider community”.
Dr Ken Thomson, Principal of Forth Valley College said:
“This is fantastic news and will allow us to complete the final part of the jigsaw in our estates development strategy. We aim to offer the very best to all our learners and a new Falkirk Campus will provide modern, inspiring learning environments similar to those which are already available at our Alloa and Stirling Campuses.
“As part of a regional approach, we will create a state-of-the-art campus with clear links to local employment opportunities. This is a very exciting development for the Falkirk area and we look forward to delivering a new campus which will meet local needs.”
The image shown above is an artist's impression of what the new campus may look like.