Prestigious Environmental Award for Forth Valley Royal Hospital

The green credentials surrounding the development of Forth Valley Royal Hospital have been recognised by a national organisation dedicated to making places good for both people and wildlife. Building with Nature the UK’s first benchmark for green infrastructure, has selected the project for an Excellence Award and say the hospital and Larbert Woods should be regarded as a national exemplar of what is possible when a shared vision for protecting and enhancing landscape quality is incorporated in the early design stages.

The hospital, which was completed in 2011, was at that time Scotland’s largest ever NHS construction project. The award notes the partnership between NHS Forth Valley, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, together with landscape architects Ian White Associates, resulted in the delivery of an exceptional medical facility in a high quality landscape setting.

Building with Nature Director, Dr Gemma Jerome, said: “There is a excellent fusion between the built and natural features on site, from the garden courtyards that run through the building and visitor gardens welcoming people at the entrance, to the restored sanctuary of Larbert Woods and lochan. There is also a demonstrable commitment to sustainable management of the estate and it is clear that those responsible for designing, constructing and maintaining the landscape fully understand the value of creating access to high quality green infrastructure, both for patients, staff and visitors.”

NHS Forth Valley Director of Facilities and Infrastructure, Jonathan Procter, added: “We are delighted to receive this award. The area is not only popular with our staff and patients but is a haven for wildlife and extremely well used by the local community. Our aim has always been to preserve this historic landscape to promote health and wellbeing and create green space for current and future generations.”

For more information visit Building With Nature.