The complex includes:
- the town’s community centre;
- a library;
- a registration office;
- a Customer Information Services (CIS) base;
- a Food Creations Café;
- council office accommodation;
- meeting spaces for community groups; and
- a landscaped garden, complete with an orchard.
Cllr Walker said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to open this fantastic new building. It is a marvellous resource for Bathgate with so many services available in one location. It is really vibrant and you can feel a buzz in the building. It is great that so many local community representatives attended along with a delegation from the town's twinning partner Cran Gevrier."
Phil McEwan, the managing director of Ogilvie Construction, said: It's great to see the new partnership centre up and running. It's a fantastic addition to the public buildings in Bathgate and brings a wealth of local services under one roof.
Ogilvie has a strong record working with local authorities. We were delighted to be awarded the contract by West Lothian Council to build this new centre.
"I'm very pleased with the finished result. The completed building is absolutely stunning and seems to be a real hit with local people."
The striking new building was designed by architects BDP, also responsible for the Council's new civic centre in nearby Livingston. To mark the opening, local schoolchildren were asked to compose a poem about the new Bathgate complex - and design a logo to represent Bathgate's Twinning Status with Cran Gevrier.
The poetry competition was won by Ross Brown, of the area's Boghall Primary School. The logo competition was won by Iain Brown of Boghall Primary. Copies of the poem and logo are now hanging in the building and framed copies were also presented to the young people at the opening ceremony.
FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE BATHGATE PARTNERSHIP CENTRE, PLEASE CONTACT:
** Elaine Henderson, media manager, West Lothian Council
Tel: 01506 282005
** Adrian Mahoney, PR Consultant for Ogilvie Group
Tel: 01506 823714 or 07967 150560.
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