Plans for new partnership centre in Blackburn approved

 
 
Plans for the new £7.6 million Blackburn Partnership Centre have been approved by West Lothian Council.
 
The new facility, which will be built next to the Mill Centre in Blackburn, will include health and council services as well as community services for local residents.
 
The Centre is being developed in partnership with West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian and services will include a new GP practice, dentist, community centre (including sports hall and multi-purpose spaces), library, Customer Information Service (CIS) centre, employability service, community health centre, IT training suite, early years provision, young people’s services and credit union.
 
Jim Forrest, Joint Director, West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I’m delighted that the planning application for this important new Centre has now been approved.
 
“This marks another key milestone in the project to build a health and care hub for the people of Blackburn, in the heart of Blackburn.
 
“The Centre will enable NHS Lothian to work much more closely with West Lothian Council and in so doing, put the health and welfare of Blackburn residents at the forefront of our services.”
 
Councillor Frank Toner, Chair, West Lothian Health and Care Partnership, said: “I’m delighted that plans for Blackburn Partnership Centre are progressing well. The new centre will enhance the range of services available locally and boost to the local community.”
 
Hub South East Scotland Ltd, NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council's development partner, is delivering the project and have has appointed GRAHAM construction to build the new centre.
 
Hub South East Scotland Ltd, NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council's development partner, is delivering the project and has appointed GRAHAM construction to build the new Centre.
 
Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland, said:“It’s exciting to reach this major milestone in the development and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with both NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council to make these plans a reality.”
 
The project team are now moving ahead with plans for the Centre with construction scheduled to start by spring 2015.
 
Outline and Full Business Cases are still to be approved by the Scottish Government.​
 
28/08/2014