A new tendering process has been undertaken and a new contractor appointed to complete the project. Following the re-tendering process Maxi Construction have been appointed to carry out the works and will be taking possession of the site this month with works due to commence at the beginning of December. Existing local facilities will continue to operate with the new facility expected to open in Spring 2022.
Whitburn's new Partnership Centre will bring a number of local facilities and services under one roof in the heart of the town centre.
The project is the latest in the council's partnership centre model that has proven successful in other parts of the area including Armadale, Bathgate, East Calder, Broxburn, Fauldhouse and Linlithgow.
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 original Burgh Halls façade is being kept and restored. A new two-storey extension is being constructed to the retained East Mains Street building which will provide a new easily accessible main entrance leading in to an airy reception area with seating. The redeveloped building will provide accommodation for the Library, Housing Office, Access 2 Employment, Customer Information Service and Museum as well as providing two community rooms, separated by a sliding folding partition which can be opened up to form one large Community Hall.
A kitchen is being installed with a servery which opens in to the larger of the two community spaces. The ground floor also provides public toilets, an accessible WC and a baby change within an extra unisex WC. The upper floor houses additional office space and meeting rooms with staff WCs.
Depute Council leader Kirsteen Sullivan said: "This is a significant investment in the town and the new building better meets the needs of customers by hosting a wider variety of services under one roof as well as providing new spaces for the local community. Unfortunately, the project has been delayed but the important thing is that work is now getting back underway and a fantastic new venue will be created for the town.
"We have high hopes for the new Centre in Whitburn which is really about creating a new, modern facility that delivers a range of services within the town centre."
John Aitchison, Maxi Construction's Managing Director, commented "We're delighted to continue our association with West Lothian Council in the provision of partnership centres, this time for the benefit of the local community in Whitburn."