Plans submitted for Blackburn Partnership Centre

Plans for the new £7.6-million Blackburn Partnership Centre have been submitted for approval to West Lothian Council.
The proposed new Centre, which will be built next to the Mill Centre, will include health and social care services as well as community services for local residents.
Services which will be included in the centre include a 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.
The new building will encourage joint shared services, will bring resources closer together and mean greater collaboration between agencies.

The Blackburn Partnership Centre is part of NHS Lothian's on going multimillion pound programme of investment in primary care projects which include the North West Edinburgh Partnership Centre, as well as the Fauldhouse Partnership Centre and recently opened Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre in Edinburgh.

Jim Forrest, Joint Director, West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Plans for the proposed new Blackburn Partnership Centre are progressing well and the submission of the planning application marks another milestone for the project.

“The Centre will enable NHS Lothian to work much more closely with West Lothian Council and in doing so 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: “It’s great news that the plans for Blackburn Partnership Centre are progressing. The new centre will give a real boost to the whole community  and enhance the range of services available locally.”
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.
Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland, said: "The submission of the planning application marks an important step in the development of this partnership project and we look forward to bringing to life the real benefits of shared services for the local people of Blackburn."
It is hoped that planning approval will be received for the project this summer, with construction due to start in early 2015.
Neil McFarlane, GRAHAM Construction, said: “As the appointed design and build contractor we are looking forward to this potential opportunity to continuing to apply our expertise in creating state-of-the-art healthcare facilities to this project.”