The new Partnership Centre has brought a number of local services under one roof in East Calder.
West Lothian Council has invested £3 million to build the new building on the old school site and head master's house, next to the existing health centre.
A number of facilities will be relocated in the completed building including; East Calder Community Centre, East Calder Library, East Calder Registration Service and community changing facilities.
New services include Customer Information Service - offered on a Tuesday between 10am and 3pm, and Access2Employent which will be available on a Thursday.
The Partnership Centre currently offers 2 large general purpose halls, dry and wet changing facilities and 2 meeting rooms.
Additional features at the new Partnership Centre include the relocation and restoration of a phone box from The Grapes car park at the front of the building. The restoration, which was funded by the Council's Village Improvement Fund, features the installation of a public access defibrillator on the inside and pictures and postcards from local people going back one hundred years.
A public artwork was commissioned for the new centre, it stands outside the entrance way and is entitled 'Past and Present' by sculptor Michael Johnson. Made from highly polished stainless steel, the design is based on leaves of trees which grow locally. The polished leaves act as a mirror for passers-by to be able to see themselves reflected in their community. The design also includes children's images which have been bronzed and welded to the back surface of the leaves, showing the contributions of young people to their community life.
Executive Councillor for Culture and Leisure Dave King officially opened the centre on Friday 23 March 2018.
He said: "The new East Calder Partnership Centre is another sign of West Lothian Council's commitment to enhancing and empowering our local communities. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the delivery of the new centre and a special thank you to local residents for their patience and support during this period.
"The completion of the centre will create a new focal point for the village, bringing together services and groups under one roof in a central location. East Calder is a growing community and it's vital we have the right facilities and services available to meet the needs of the local community.
"The building looks fantastic and I'm sure that the people of East Calder will make good use of the facilities for years to come. Also we need to say a big thank you to the children from the East Calder playgroup for their fantastic singing."
Alistair Shaw, Head of Housing, Customer and Building Services said: "West Lothian Council has a strong track record of creating centres that deliver positive benefits for the communities in which they are based.
"The construction of East Calder Partnership Centre follows the successful model that has already delivered Partnership Centres in Broxburn, Bathgate and Fauldhouse - all of which have delivered real boosts for their communities and hopefully the same thing will happen in East Calder."
Scott Hadden, Chairman of the builders Hadden Group who worked on the Partnership Centre said: "We're really proud to have delivered such a fantastic facility for the residents of East Calder and are sure it will provide a heart to the community for many years to come."
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