The Forth Valley Royal Hospital is a new 814 bed hospital that provides world class facilities, replacing existing hospitals in Stirling and Falkirk as part of an integrated strategy for the delivery of healthcare services across central Scotland.

The new hospital sits on a rural site of mature woodland that offers extensive views of the Stirlingshire countryside. The building capitalises on this opportunity to offer natural light and natural ventilation to all of the bedroom wards. As such a large development, the design concept was to break the building down into a series of 'districts'. Each district has its own identity and 'front door' and be recognisable through the use of different colours and forms. This design strategy helped to develop the layout of the building while also allowing the 96,000m² hospital to retain a human scale – something that is highly beneficial in a care and healing environment. Emphasis was placed on accessibility and limiting travel distances for patients and nurse staff. The control of infection was also a high priority.

Service routes and patient flows are physically segregated throughout the hospital, with deliveries made by automated guided 'robots' to designated points in each department or ward.

DSSR was responsible for the full design of all building services throughout the hospital. Thermal modelling calculations were undertaken to ensure that the exact required comfort conditions are maintained throughout all critical areas in the building.

Due to the highly-complex nature of the hospital, a vast array of services and mechanical and electrical systems had to be successfully coordinated on site. DSSR employed a large on-site team to oversee the integration of building services during construction. Extensive use of 3D CAD modelling enabled the smooth production of a fully co-ordinated services design.

The hospital has won the Building Better Healthcare 2011, Estates and Facilities Management Category for "Best Response to DH Policy Award"



Larbert, Stirlingshire


NHS Forth Valley


Keppie Design

Contract Value