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Bathgate Centre, Bathgate, United Kingdom

Friday 12 Mar 2010

Bathgate 'benchmark' build to begin

Bathgate Centre by WAN Editorial in Bathgate, United Kingdom
Bathgate Centre by WAN Editorial in Bathgate, United Kingdom Bathgate Centre by WAN Editorial in Bathgate, United Kingdom
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BDP designed council building to commence construction 

Construction is due to commence in early April on the new £7m Bathgate Partnership Centre, designed by BDP. The 2,550 sq m project for West Lothian Council is programmed for completion in summer 2011.

Located on a prominent site in the Scottish town, the proposals consolidate the currently dispersed council services under one roof. The partnership ethos for the new building is based on a concept of a shared working space strategy which will allow operational interfaces between the various stakeholders, providing users with a with a ‘one stop shop’.

The ground floor of the two storey building houses a public library, advice shop, community centre and café, grouped around a double height street. The upper floor accommodates open plan offices for the various council departments, and allows for flexible working patterns by providing the occupants with a variety of meeting spaces and quiet areas.

A south facing enclosed garden and orchard to the rear of the building enables ground floor activities such as the library, café and crèche to spill out into a dynamic external space.

The facades are clad in random cut Caithness flagstone and seamed brass to create a welcoming yet appropriately civic presence, and to set a benchmark for future urban realm improvements in the town.

The building has a sedum roof and incorporates a small scale gas CHP system, natural ventilation including a solar flue to utilize the stack effect, a heat displacement and recovery system as well as a number of other energy reduction measures. It will have an EPC rating of B+.

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Status Planning
Value 7.7(m€)
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