Case study

Development: Forth Valley Royal Hospital and Larbert Woods

Developers: NHS Forth Valley (NHS Scotland), Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage

Landscape Architects: Ian White Associates

Scheme: Hospital development of 860 inpatient beds, 25 wards, and 16 operating theatres.
At the point of completion in 2010 it was Scotland's largest ever NHS construction project.

Location: Larbert, Scotland


Forth Valley Royal Hospital and Larbert Woods should be regarded as a national exemplar for demonstrating what is possible when a shared vision between ambitious and committed partners is delivered with fastidious attention to the detail set out by the professionals responsible for protecting and enhancing landscape quality in the early stages of design. 

The partnership between NHS Forth Valley, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, and the commitment to quality from Ian White Associates Landscape Architects at each stage of delivery, has resulted in the delivery of an exceptional medical facility in a high quality landscape setting. 

Through the fusion of the built and the 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 Larbert Loch, and a demonstrable commitment to sustainable management of the estate, it is clear that those responsible for designing, constructing and maintaining the landscape at Forth Valley Royal Hospital and Larbert Woods fully understand the value of creating access to high quality green infrastructure, for both the recipients of care, and as a preventative measure for those at risk of mental and physical health conditions, including staff and visitors to the facility.