Burgh Halls project wins major awards

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DEVELOPERS behind Linlithgow’s Burgh Halls swept the board at the prestigious Scottish Planning Awards.

West Lothian Council won the Development on the Ground category at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning last week for the £5.2 million transformation of Linlithgow’s best loved townhouse.

The council, Historic Scotland, Malcolm Fraser Architects, Hunter and Clark, Maxi Construction, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Arts Council were all involved in the redevelopment project, which transformed the building into a modern arts and community venue, with glass fronted cafe and self-help visitor information service.

The judges said: “This project has been given an award because the building has been sensitively and innovatively brought back to life. The process has required commitment from all partners, including the community, over a long period of time.

“Quite simply, the heart has been put back into Linlithgow.”

The council was also awarded a Quality of Service award for their Forward Funding 
Infrastructure West Lothian project.

With this innovative model, the council has forward funded several infrastructure projects to support the development plan and is recovering its costs from developers who benefit from the infrastructure.

Council leader John McGinty said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that the council has been recognised at these national wards.

‘‘It is a timely reminder that the work taking place in West Lothian is recognised across Scotland and that developments and outcomes which relate to planning policy, improve the built environment, regenerate a local area, and have a positive impact on the community.”

The Planning Awards are organised by the Scottish Government and for over 10 years have celebrated achievements in planning from strategic visions to development on the ground.