A FAMOUS Stirlingshire hotel will be transformed into a campus for an international school.

Fairview International School, Bridge of Allan (Fairview BofA) have announced the completion of the purchase of the Royal Hotel on Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan.

The former hotel, which was originally built in 1842, will become part of the school's campus, primarily for boarding use alongside additional spaces for pastoral teaching and learning facilities.

The Royal is a prominent feature within Bridge of Allan and work will take place to restore and adapt the facility to meet the requirements of its new purpose.

Michelle Chian, director at Fairview BofA said: “To be able to confirm our purchase of The Royal is of significant pride to us.

“As a school we have been seeking an opportunity to expand our campus to help us meet our ambition of providing an international education connected to the community of Bridge of Allan.

“Due to the age of the building and its historical use there is a large amount of restorative work to be carried out.

“We will be doing this sympathetically and respecting the history of the building and its connection to the town.”

Fairview BofA are working with consultants to plan the restoration work of the building and are aiming to begin preparatory work on site across the summer months.

David Hicks, Fairview BofA headteacher, added: “As an International Baccalaureate candidate school we have a special focus on developing our students' awareness and understanding of the world around them through service in action.

“The history and location of The Royal presents the perfect opportunity for our day students and future boarding students to connect and contribute positively to the community and town here in Bridge of Allan.”

Fairview BofA is a co-educational independent school for children aged five years and above.

Visit fairviewinternational.uk for further details of the developments and future uses of the Royal.