Lanthorn Centre - information hub
This hub aims to provide the local community with up-to-date information on progress to relocate services, carry out structural repairs and re-open The Lanthorn Centre.
Latest update on Lanthorn Centre temporary closure
West Lothian Council has agreed a budget of over £3million to repair the roof deck at The Lanthorn Centre, Livingston.
The Lanthorn Centre closed in April and is anticipated to remain shut for a period of two years after significant structural issues were identified within the roof structure of the building.
The council will remove and replace the existing roof deck at The Lanthorn Centre and Chapel Annexe.
Works started on site in early spring 2022 and works will last approximately fourteen months. It is hoped that the project will be complete by May 2023.
A period of remobilisation will then be carried out before the building can fully reopen in the summer of 2023.
Extensive engagement has been undertaken by council officers, the Lanthorn Centre Education Association (LCEA) and the Trustees to ensure that all user groups and the public are aware of the circumstances around the closure of the building.
Leader of West Lothian Council Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: "I'd like to thank the efforts of staff, Trustees and the LCEA who have helped ensure that the majority of groups who used The Lanthorn Centre have now found alternative, suitable accommodation. Work will continue to ensure that the council works closely with local groups and provides necessary updates throughout the construction and remobilisation phase.
"We would obviously not have chosen to find ourselves in this position. This is a significant amount of money being spent on the repair of the roof but we can assure building users and local people that we are investing in The Lanthorn Centre to ensure it continues to be a fantastic local community facility."
Latest Update - Lanthorn Centre work progressing - 15 Novemer 2022
Work to repair and re-open the Lanthorn Centre in Livingston is progressing.
The Lanthorn Centre was closed in April 2021 due to issues identified with the roof structure. The works for the asbestos removal that started in the spring is now complete and the main construction contract awarded. Construction is due to commence on site late November and anticipated to complete in the late Autumn of 2023, with works consisting of the replacement of the roof deck to the Lanthorn Centre and Chapel Annexe, new internal finishes and fittings. The project remains within budget and is expected to cost in the region of £3 million.
Extensive engagement has been undertaken by council officers, the Lanthorn Centre Education Association (LCEA) and the Trustees to ensure that all user groups and the public are aware of the circumstances around the closure of the building and where required, groups were found alternative accommodation.
Donald Forrest, the council's Head of Finance and Property Services said: "We are pleased with the progress to date. We have completed the tender process and the contractor has been appointed.
"We will continue to ensure that the council works closely with local groups and members, with regular updates provided throughout the construction and remobilisation phases.
"Due to this unavoidable situation, a significant amount of money is required to be spent on the repair of the roof but we can assure building users and local people that we are investing in The Lanthorn Centre to ensure that it continues to be a fantastic local community facility for many years to come."
A dedicated email address - Lanthorn@westlothian.gov.uk - has also been established should interested groups/individuals have specific questions at any time.
To view updates from the Lanthorn Community Education Association, please visit their Facebook page.
Frequently Asked Questions
At this stage we still do not have an exact re-opening date.
Design work for the replacement roof, and reinstatement work, has been carried out and the project issued out for interested contractors who are invited to price in a competitive manner. Once these costs are reviewed and a contractor appointed we will be able to review the proposed programme.
When we know more specific details we will distribute information to local groups and the wider community.
The council commissioned surveys on the condition of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) roof planks in the building, which were carried out by specialist independent engineers. Those surveys have identified significant structural issues with the centre's RAAC roof planks. The centre therefore has to close and significant remedial works will have to be carried out.
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No, there is no link between the structural issues and recent or historic repairs or general maintenance on the building. The Siporex has been in place since the building was constructed in the 1970s.
Recent investigation works have highlighted safety concerns with this product in certain circumstances.
The safety issues are not linked at all with subsequent upgrade works carried out.
An operational working group has been set up consisting of WLC officers, representatives of the Trustees and LCEA Management Committee to find alternative accommodation for the user groups/organisations operating from the Lanthorn Community centre.
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The works will require the complete replacement of the structural roof deck. Detailed investigation will require to be carried out to assess the existing structural frame to be able to cope with the new roof deck.
The works will result in significant opening up of the roof to allow the new deck to be installed which will be time consuming and complex operation. All existing internal services, fixture and fittings will require to be removed from the ceiling void areas during the work and reinstated on completion. Protecting the internal fabric from the weather will be challenging so we aiming to avoid carrying out the roof deck works during the winter months.
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The Lanthorn Community Food Project has a new venue.
From Monday 21 June 2021 they will be based at:
Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre
- Monday and Wednesday 9.00am - 12.30pm
- Tuesday 5pm - 7pm
Please follow all COVID restrictions which are in place.
We are aiming to start the works on site towards the end of October 2022.
Yes. We are putting in place suitable security arrangements which includes a security presence in the evenings.