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 Centre.

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 Partnership,

  • The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration

  • 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.