The 16th October 2008 marks the official opening of the new phase of Livingston shopping centre and with the new phase brings the new name of "The Centre".
Livingstoni was the first website/newspaper to report on the Almondvale transformation back on the 27 th July 2004. See here for original article.
The new phase of the "The Centre" known as "The Elements" throughout the Development and construction stage, has been constructed in 6 separate buildings brought together with one massive transparent ETFE roof, to create one unique shopping experience.
The new extension which hosts 35 new store restaurants and bars to seamlessly connects to the extension shopping centre cost £150million to construct.

The new phase in the transformation has brought 35,000 sqm extra retails space to the shopping centre, bringing the total to over 90,000 sqm. Stores which have opened on the opening day of the centre include the 2 main anchor stores, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.
The completion of the new shopping centre brings the total retail space in Livingston to a massive nearly 1 million sqr foot of retail space and with 155 stores under one roof making it one of the largest shopping centres in Scotland.
Other tops names that have already settled within the new centre or are due so within the coming months include H&M, River Island, Topman/Topshop, Jane Norman, Republic, Warehouse, next and Swarokski.
The Centre is split into 5 different section:

elements square
The newest part of the shopping centre which opened 16th Oct 2008. This hosts the 2 main department stores, Debenhams and marks and Spencer's. As well as many other modern designer stores such as H&M, River Island and Jane Norman. Plus many more.

almondvale walk
This is the oldest part of the shopping centre which was constructed in the 1970's. But has been refurbished to co-inside with The Elements Square opening. This area has more smaller retailers such as Sony, Panasonic, Klick, Greggs and Poundland. Plus many more.

almondvale place
This is one of the newer parts within the shopping centre being constructed in the 90's which is a very well light stretch of stores such as Woolworth's, Boots, Bhs and Game. Plus many more.

the avenue
The area between the Livingston Designer Outlet and the Elements square has many restaurants and pubs such as Chiquito's, Ask and Nandos. Plus many more.

winter gardens
The winter gardens is a relaxing area which is located above the elements square. The area offers many eating places and cafés to watch the world go by.



"The Centre" is the first shopping centre in the UK to receive a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. The Centre is highly insulated and   constructed from low environmental       impact materials with a long design life such as terracotta, stone and zinc. The public spaces are ventilated by an energy  efficient air displacement system with
 natural air and smoke extract. Other environmentally friendly features include    rainwater harvesting for flushing toilets
  and solar panels for preheating hot water.

http://livingstoni.gibsoni.co.uk/#1Pictures Taking in and around the development from start to finish.
Click the Square bottom left for Full-Screen.

  

    Old section within Livingstoni with Pictures of the Almondvale Click Here
    The very first newsletter issued telling public about the new centre Click Here
    Plan of confirmed retailers from early on in construction Click Here
    
Livingstoni details page, 4 weeks before opening of the center Click Here