Work begins on Linlithgow’s county buildings

Linlithgow County Buildings
Linlithgow County Buildings

Work to refurbish the old county buildings in Linlithgow has started, and the multi-million pound project is due to be completed early next year.

The car park at the back of the building is now closed to allow work to the interior of the building to take place.

A partnership centre is now in development and is due to be complete by spring 2017.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Given that the building is right on the busy high street, people may see more activity around the County Buildings.

“There should not be much disruption locally, but the car park behind the building will be closed for the foreseeable future.

“West Lothian Council remains committed to delivering a partnership centre for Linlithgow and we are pleased that works are now underway.”

The building has been vacant since September 2013 with all staff now located to other council premises.

Work on the building was halted after asbestos was found following checks that were carried out prior to the refurbishment programme beginning.

However, work to refurbish the facility is now underway and it is expected Linlithgow Library, CIS, Local History Library, Family History Society, Annet House and Linlithgow Day Care Centre for the elderly as well as Police Scotland will move into the new premises.

It is thought that the council will also look at options to allow letting of office space to small businesses or a business incubation centre.

The budget for the partnership centre stands at £3.9 million. West Lothian Council approved the funding package at a meeting in January, earlier this year.

John McGinty, council leader, said the development of a Partnership Centre in Linlithgow has always been a key aim for West Lothian Council.

He said the multi-million pound investment would transform the county buildings and provide local people with community facilities in the heart of the town centre.

The council said this investment and creation of a partnership centre would maximise the building’s use and safeguard its future for generations to come.

Before its closure, the building was said to be under used with the public having very little access to use it.

It is hoped the new partnership centre will become a hub in the community for local groups and organisations, as well as enhance the town centre of Linlithgow.