Construction work complete on ‘transformative’ Whitburn Partnership Centre

THE new Whitburn Partnership Centre is set to open to the public with work now complete on the redevelopment of the old Burgh Halls.

West Lothian Council has invested nearly £5 million on the delivery of Whitburn Partnership Centre, with the aim of improving local services.

Maxi Construction led on the redevelopment, which has transformed the site at East Main Street into a new partnership centre, bringing a number of local facilities and services under one roof.

The original Burgh Halls façade has been kept and restored. A new two-storey extension has been added to the retained East Mains Street building, which will provide a new main entrance leading into a reception area.

The redeveloped facility will provide accommodation for services including Whitburn Library, Whitburn Housing Office, Access 2 Employment, Customer Information Service, Social Policy and Whitburn Community 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.

West Lothian Council leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick said, “I am delighted to see the completion of the project to deliver the new Whitburn Partnership Centre. My thanks to Maxi Construction and council officers who have worked together to breathe new life into the Historic Burgh Halls while creating a new, modern facility that delivers a range of services within the town centre.

“Members of the local community have also played a vital role in shaping the renovation and the creation of additional spaces for community use was of vital importance from the outset of the project. I look forward to seeing the Partnership Centre become a central hub for the Whitburn community.”

Maxi Construction MD John Aitchison added, “We’re delighted to continue our successful association with West Lothian Council in the provision of local community buildings. We hope that the residents of Whitburn benefit greatly from the new Partnership Centre which has conserved the historic Burgh Halls and provides multiple services in the heart of the community.”

Maxi contracts manager Brian Watters added, “I’m extremely proud of the collaborative effort to deliver this project in what has been a challenging period in construction. We hope the staff and public enjoy the facility as much as we did building it.”