The new Whitehill Service Centre in Bathgate is home to around 800 council staff from services including Roads & Transportation; Recycling, Waste Services and Fleet Services, NETs, Land and Countryside Services; Public and Community Transport; Facilities Management; InPrint and Operational Services support staff.
The Service Centre is situated in Whitehill Industiral Estate, Bathgate, on the site of the former Mahle building and it replaces a number of older and inefficient Council properties. The Council's forward-thinking model of bringing together services under one roof brings both long-term financial savings and more efficient working. This has already been successfully used in West Lothian at the Civic Centre, Kirkton Service Centre and partnership centres across the county.
The completion of the Service Centre will see the demolition of outdated Council depots and offices such as Guildiehaugh and Waverley Street to make way for Council Housing and will additionally help to regenerate the Whitehill Industrial Estate.
Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn was joined by Leader of West Lothian Council Lawrence Fitzpatrick and West Lothian Council Chief Executive Graham Hope to officially open the new facility.
Councillor Tom Conn said: "I am delighted to open the new, Whitehill Service Centre which will help the Council modernise the way it delivers key services.
"With so many teams coming together in the state-of-the-art facility it really is the ideal setting for collaborative working to deliver the best service possible for the people of West Lothian."
The new facility at Inchmuir Road also includes a new waste transfer facility and two salt domes which will hold 30,000 tonnes of salt, providing resilience for responding to winter weather.
Whitehill Service Centre will enable the Council to further improve recycling rates and the quality of materials within the new transfer facility, which is expected to handle more than 100,000 tonnes per year to handle the predicted growth in the West Lothian population over the next 25 years.
Leader of West Lothian Council Lawrence Fitzpatrick added: "The council is modernising the way services are organised and delivered in order to provide best value for Council Tax payers and the completion of the new Whitehill Service Centre is the latest milestone.
This another example of the Council effectively rationalising existing buildings to bring services together under one roof in order to create savings and allow the Council to work smarter through modern energy-efficient buildings and better working practices in order to best serve the West Lothian community."