Gilbert Valentine, Head of Estates, takes us around the beautiful campus here at Perth College UHI.
I have worked - and studied - on many educational campuses in the UK, and each one has its own beautiful character.
Perth College UHI boasts a campus that possesses a wide range of beautiful features. Upon entrance to the College walls, you are met with the tree-lined avenue – which is a stately feature of the neighbouring rural regions of many Perthshire Estates. A beautiful rhododendron decorated floral driveway, but all tucked away within the City of Perth’s urban University and College Campus on the Crieff Road.
Whether the trees are decked in snow, or sunshine, the entrance heralds a message that beauty can be found in many corners of the campus. The horticulture gardens provides a glimpse into the world of cultivated nature and the nearby wooded area has diverse rare species of trees, wild meadows and biodiversity and wildlife.
If your journey takes you near our Goodlyburn building, acoustic beauty can be heard bounding around as our musicians refine their melodic and creative skills. You will also find a wealth of visual beauty in the works of our visual artists displayed around campus.
If culinary tasty delights are your sensory pursuit, then make sure that you take in our award-winning training restaurant - or sample the delicious range of soups on offer at one of the food courts. And for the discerning sporting eye, the beauty of physical movement can be witnessed both day and night at the Academy of Sport & Wellbeing. The ASW building is also home to the Beauty Therapy and Wellbeing department, who provide excellent training to keep up with the growing worldwide demand for beauty therapy services.
Flights of fancy and engineering can inspire a mechanical beautician. A visit to the Falkirk Wheel, or the Forth Bridges - both around an hour’s drive away - will convince you that beauty and engineering co-exists in many of the grandest forms, and we have examples of engineering beauty on campus.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this summer 2019 will see a few more eyes beholden the campus as the extension of CCTV will expand the reach of this form of safety and security feature around the reaches of the campus.
I am reminded on a daily basis of our environmental legacy and the responsibility we all share to keep our neighbourhood a beacon of beauty. It’s been fantastic to see that the local children have taken responsibility for keeping our campus beautiful by conducting litter picking and playing their part in respecting the litter control activities around College.