Raploch, Stirling
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Raploch, Stirling

A district of Stirling, Raploch lies to the northwest of the Castle Rock, a mile from the centre of Stirling. Formerly a separate community, very little survives of the old village. The houses of Raploch council estate facing the Drip Road were designed in 1920 by E.S. Bell to resemble small Scottish palaces complete with towers and turreted roofs. Having become infamous for its social problems the Raploch estate was subject to a £120-million regeneration scheme 2003-06 which has involved the demolition of a number of houses, refurbishment of many others, the building of a community school and college campus, health centre, riverside walkway and a bypass forming part of the Stirling Western Access Road, together with commercial and industrial development. In 2002 the area became the subject of a BBC Scotland documentary entitled Raploch Stories and Raploch: Where Are They Now? followed in 2017. A children's orchestra was established in 2008 on the Venezuelan El Sistema model and Raploch became the site of a remarkable performance by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in 2012, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and broadcast by the BBC.

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