Linlithgow Burgh Halls in running for top design award

Building and Civil Engineering Survey - Linlithgows Burgh Hall - Interior
Building and Civil Engineering Survey - Linlithgows Burgh Hall - Interior
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The newly refurbished Linlithgow Burgh Halls is already gaining accolades.

The historic building has made the shortlist of this year’s Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

Provost Tom Kerr of West Lothian Council, said he was ‘‘delighted’’ that the £5.4 million refurbishment project had drawn the attention of the judging panel.

‘‘I think it has to be a fair contender for the prize,’’ he said.

‘‘The council put a lot of money into sustaining this historic building and people seem well pleased with the standard of the refurbishment.’’

West Lothian Council’s executive councillor for culture and leisure, Jim Walker commented: “It is fantastic that Linlithgow Burgh Halls has been short-listed in this prestigious competition.

‘‘We think that the redevelopment has created a stunning building for celebrations, weddings and conferences, art exhibitions, community and education events and a relaxing cafe and gardens.”

The judges said: “This re-use of a key historic building brings new life and vitality – an inspiring dialogue with the building’s history.”

The redevelopment was designed by internationally acclaimed architects Malcolm Fraser and was funded by West Lothian Council in partnership with Heritage Lottery, Historic Scotland and The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

The evolution of the Burgh Halls can be traced back to the town’s tolbooth which was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.

It is almost 50 years since the last major overhaul of the building which was a 1963 facelift.