Preparation works to start at Blackburn Partnership Centre

​The project to build a new multi-million pound health and council hub in the heart of Blackburn has taken another step forward.

The Scottish Government has approved the Outline Business Case for the £7.6 million Blackburn Partnership Centre. 

The new facility is being developed in partnership by West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian and will be built next to the Mill Centre in Blackburn.

Ground developments will start at the site over the coming weeks in preparation for construction of the new centre. 

Existing services (gas, electricity, water) located within the current site will be movedThis will involve digging up and working on pipes and cabling within the site. Temporary fencing will be erected during the works and will be removed when they are completed.

Jim Forrest, Joint Director, West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership said: “These works are an important part of the process to build the new Partnership Centre in Blackburn.

“This is an exciting development which will allow health and council services to work more closely together in the future. The new building will encourage joint shared services, will bring resources closer together and mean greater collaboration between agencies.”

The preparatory works are not part of the actual construction of the facility which is anticipated to start in spring 2015. 

Councillor Frank Toner, Chair, West Lothian Community 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 appointed GRAHAM construction to build the new centre.

Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland Ltd said: “This is an exciting step in the development of the Blackburn Partnership Centre 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 working towards finalising contracts in January 2015. Work is then scheduled to start on the new Centre in early 2015 and it will open in summer 2016.

Once these enabling works are finished, there will be a period of inactivity on the site prior to full construction starting.