Centre work begins

Council leader John McGinty hands over the keys to Maxi Constructions Barry Simpson
Council leader John McGinty hands over the keys to Maxi Constructions Barry Simpson

Work is finally underway on a new £3.9 million partnership centre which will bring together organisations in the heart of Linlithgow.

The revamp of the town’s County Buildings was put on hold after asbestos was found but following a major removal programme it can now proceed.

The long-awaited West Lothian Council project will see the town’s library, customer information services, local history library, family history society, Annet House and St Michael’s Day Centre for the elderly all under one roof.

There will also be accommodation for Police Scotland when officers relocate from their nearby office.

Contractor Maxi Construction has now been appointed to undertake the full refurbishment of the building’s interior and turn the building into a modern partnership centre.

Work is expected to be completed on the building close to The Cross in High Street by next February.

Dave King, executive councillor for culture and leisure, said the work had long been a priority for the council and would provide first-class facilities for the community.

Council leader John McGinty said: “The building was previously used to deliver some council services, with limited public access to the property.

“The works will allow the internal space to be used more efficiently and to open up large parts of the building to the public.

“The refurbishment will ensure the building is multi-functional, modern and fit for purpose.”