Located in the central lowlands of Scotland, Falkirk was historically a crucial town for agriculture and manufacturing, which connects to larger cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow. Due to the closure of retail shops, a lack of variety and mobility in Falkirk’s high street reflects a dispersion of energy within the town centre. This addresses the need of seeking solutions to reintroduce new and diverse energies in the high street. Falkirk is also the social and economic centre to 20 dependent towns nearby. Hence, the revitalisation of the Falkirk High Street is crucial not only for the local community but beneficial for the wider region.
According to USP figures, Falkirk has a significant number of residents who travel over 30km to work and to study; these figures are much higher than other towns with more further education opportunities. The past of Falkirk has informed us of the momentous history of Technical institutes since the 1940s. It was until the 1960s when all of the four original trade training centres merged into a single Technical College, now known as the Forth Valley College. It is the only higher and further education institute in Falkirk today. We believe that education is the key catalyst of town regeneration since Falkirk has suffered from most of its population travelling beyond the town for work and study. A community theatre and a performing arts residency are proposed within this lifelong learning hub.