Forfar Community Campus wins prestigious accessibility award

Published on Thursday 7 December 2017

Angus Access Panel has awarded the Rod MacFarlane Award 2017 to Forfar Community Campus.

A new building, which opened its doors to the public and to the pupils of Forfar Academy earlier this year, the campus replaces the old Academy, as well as ANGUSalive’s Lochside Leisure Centre and Forfar Swimming Pool.

Chief Judge and chairperson of the Angus Access Panel, Agnes Mackay said: “Forfar Community Campus is an outstanding building, which is well thought out and goes to great length to provide accessibility for all those who will use it. There is a varied mix of spaces available to pupils and the public, with level controlled access for the different groups.”

Ian Buchanan of Disability Equality Scotland, who also helped to judge this year’s award added: “The building benefits from wide corridors and doorways and good signage throughout. It has Lift Access throughout and the use of colours on each floor is creative. It is also pleasing to see height adjustable work stations in place, sinks in class rooms and good signage throughout the building. “The toilet facilities are outstanding and there are three Changing Places toilets located within the building. Leisure facilities are superb and highlight perfectly the way in which the design of equipment and facilities can maximise accessibility. This includes a height adjustable pool, with ease of access for disabled wheelchair users and staff fully trained on how to use these resources.”

The Award is named after Rod MacFarlane. Before his death in 1994, Mr Macfarlane was a campaigner for disabled people through his work as a regional councillor, Chairman of Forfar and District Access for Disabled Trust and the first Chairman of Angus Access Panel.

Accepting the award on behalf of Angus Council, Project Manager Dave Smith said: “We are very pleased to receive this award.  This comes as recognition of the partnership working between hub East Central Scotland, Robertson Construction, the Design Team and Angus Council to ensure that Forfar Community Campus is accessible to all. Accessibility was a key consideration of this £39-million project. It has been delivered through the facilities and resources provided by Forfar Academy, the wide-range of culture leisure and sport delivered by ANGUSalive and the opportunities delivered here by our communities team.”

Mark Nisbet, Facilities Manager, ANGUSalive added: “We are delighted to be recognised for the facilities we have on offer at ANGUSalive’s Forfar Community Campus. Winning the Rod MacFarlane Award for accessibility signifies our aim to inspire healthy and active lifestyle choices for all, making things as simple and accessible for our customers and this is just part of the recognition for that.”

The Rod MacFarlane Award is presented annually to buildings or facilities buildings or facilities in Angus that demonstrate the most positive efforts being made to encourage the inclusion of disabled people. Four buildings were nominated this year.

A highly commended Award was presented to Warddykes Primary School, Arbroath. A recent addition to the Angus school estate, the new Warddykes was formally opened in November last year.