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Authorities in Stirling are planning to build new, sustainable conference facilities as part of a redevelopment of the city's historic waterfront.
The Forthside development will be built at a cost of £110 million and will include an additional office block, a city square and some 200 new houses to complement the conference building. The build will be carried out using sustainable materials in a bid to minimalise its environmental impact. The area of planned redevelopment spans 40 acres of land and sits next to the city's train station, ensuring easy access for visitors coming from further afield.
Alasdair MacPherson, the planning panel chair, said: "This next phase is an important stepping stone in meeting the aspirations of what is an exciting era for our city. We must ensure that the development is attractive and functional".
Prioritising the sustainable element of the development is being seen as a positive way of making the city stand out in the region, and as a way of attracting more business to Stirling.
The city intends to compete with Aberdeen venues when the development is complete.