Construction has begun on one new partnership centre in West Lothian and works will start on another soon.

West Lothian Council revealed this week that £6.25 million had been allocated for the new centres at Livingston North and Whitburn

The foundations have already been completed on the Whitburn project and the council say it is due for completion by spring 2022.

West Lothian Council will invest nearly £5 million in the facility, which will see the redevelopment of the Burgh Halls on East Main Street to create a centre.

The project was delayed last year when the contractor went into administration.

Following the re-tendering process, Maxi Construction were appointed to carry out the works.

A spokesperson for Maxi Construction said online: “The foundations for the extension at Whitburn Partnership Centre for West Lothian Council are now complete.

“Erection of the superstructure steel-frame will commence in the coming weeks as well as remedial works to the existing building including the clock tower.”

A council spokesperson told The Courier there will be more news on the new Livingston partnership centre in the coming weeks.

It was revealed last year that the Ability Centre in Carmondean would undergo a £1.25 million transformation to create the Livingston North Partnership Centre.

The council sought to allay fears that the local library, Carmondean Connected,will not be closing.

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “The Ability Centre was under-utilised in terms of floor space with a number of empty or unused space, so the services from Carmondean Connected can be accommodated comfortably.

“There will be a slight reduction in dedicated space, however the circulation spaces and meeting room spaces will be increased.

“A total of £1million will be invested in renovating the Ability Centre to facilitate the move and ensure the centre meets existing and future client/customer requirements.

“The renovated Ability Centre will enable integrated service delivery by adding a new cafe area, the relocated Library, Customer Information Service, Macmillan Cancer Support and other uses such as community meeting rooms and staff accommodation to existing services.”

Partnership centres offering a wide variety of council services already exist throughout West Lothian, in Armadale, Bathgate, East Calder, Broxburn, Fauldhouse and Linlithgow.

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