One of the most recognisable buildings in Livingston
has been sold of to Land securities for around £4million. West
Lothian House formally Sidlaw House was constructed in 1980 with its
identical counterpart Pentland House and took there name's after
ranges of Scottish hills.
Sidlaw house proved relativity slow
to let, so in 1984 the council of the time Livingston Development
Corporation decided to sell its headquarters in Livingston Village
and move into 4 floors of Sidlaw House. The building later was
renamed to West Lothian House when Livingston Development Corporation
changed hands with West Lothian Council in 1995.
As West Lothian Council move into a new era in its
short history and moves there headquarters to the opposite shores of
the River Almond into there new custom built combined service Civic
The new centre is to be known as “West Lothian Civic
Centre” will house the following government departments.
Scottish courts Service
Fire and Rescue
Lothian and Borders Police
Crown office and procurator fiscal service,
Community Health and Care
The Scottish Children's
West Lothian Council Headquarters
As “West Lothian House” has become surplus to
council requirements it has been sold of to Land Securities the
owners of “The Centre” (Almondvale Shopping Centre, The Elements
and half partnership owner of Livingston Designer Outlet).
Land Securities have offered £4.26 Million as
well as inflation until the new Civic Centre opens which will help go
towards funding the construction of the new Civic Centre.
As well as the £4.26 Million, Land Securities are
offering £200,000 contribution to improvements to the
Livingston Square which has become a bit run down over recent years.
Which is a generous gesture by land securities and will help keep the
upkeep of the Livingston town centres image.
We have heard that West Lothian House is to demolished
and the area is to be turned into retail space. What do you think of
this? Do we need more retail? Will Livingston miss the iconic
building? Let us know what you think on the forum.
Did you know?
If you look closely at the roof of West Lothian house
you can see the words "Sidlaw House"?
This was when
Livingston was first constructed to advertise to passing planes.