The project to build a 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 and ground development will start at the site over the coming weeks in preparation for construction of the new centre.
The new facility is being developed by West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian and will be built next to the Mill Centre.
11th November 2014 update
Gas, electricity and water supplies to the site will be moved. This will involve digging up and working on pipes and cabling within the site.
Temporary fencing will be erected while that work is going on.
Jim Forrest, joint director of 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.”
Councillor Frank Toner, chair of 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 the local community.”
Building work on the new cnetre is scheduled to start in spring 2015 and it should open in summer 2016.
6th November 2014
Ground works for the new £7.6-million Blackburn Partnership Centre are scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
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1st May 2014
Plans for the new £7.6 million Blackburn Partnership Centre have been submitted for approval to West Lothian Council.
The new facility, which would be built next to the Mill Centre, would include health and social care services as well as community services for residents.
Services which would 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 would encourage joint shared services, bring resources closer together and mean greater collaboration between agencies.
The planning application for the centre was submitted by NHS Lothian.
Jim Forrest, joint director of 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.”
Partnership chair Frank Toner added: “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 has appointed Graham construction to build the new centre.
Hub was established in 2010 to provide development services throughout the Lothians and Borders as part of a national initiative to develop cross-agency community facilities to support better joined-up public services.
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.”
NHS Lothian hopes that planning approval will be received for the project this summer, with construction due to start in early 2015.