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External contractors working on the Foundry and below, the Foundry Fortune Heritage Trail.

The votes are in - and approval given by Group Leaders - our new office building in Larbert will be called the Foundry. 

In January, employees were asked to suggest a name for the office to give it a new identity. Out of the 60 names suggested, three were shortlisted and put to an employee vote in March.

Of the 918 votes cast, 59% were for the Foundry, 35% for the Nexus and 6% for the Connection.

Employee suggestion

Lynn Slavin, Transport Planning Officer, was inspired to put forward the winning suggestion after working on a new heritage trail that celebrates Larbert and Stenhousemuir's industrial past.

Aptly called Foundry Fortune, the trail stretches from the site of the former Carron Company foundry to Larbert Old Church, where many notable local industrialists are buried. 

Lynn said: "When the email landed asking for suggestions, foundry immediately sprang to mind. The name is succinct and celebrates local history while also representing a place where new ideas, services and policies will be cast.”

Celebrating heritage

With lockdown restrictions easing, Lynn and her team now plan to officially launch the Foundry Fortune heritage trail to encourage local people to use the path network and discover the area's rich history.

She said: "Because the area’s foundries have come and gone, we worked with a local artist to create a series of six large coin sculptures. These depict the different elements and processes associated with the work of a foundry and provide visual aids as people follow the trail from Carron Dams to the Lido, South Broomage and on to Larbert Old Church."

The Foundry Fortune heritage trail has been funded by Paths for All, Falkirk Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and through the Historic Environment Support Fund.

Foundry Fortune