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Burgh Halls Linlithgow

Location: Linlithgow

Summary: Refurbishment and extension to Linlithgow’s Grade A listed Burgh Halls.

Description of Works: Dating back to 1670, Linlithgow Burgh Halls is a unique landmark building at the heart of the historic town. The refurbishment and extension of the Grade A listed buildings provides a modern multi-functional venue; visitor attraction, art gallery, restaurant/cafe and tourist information centre.

Works included:

  • Downtakings
  • Structural alterations
  • Masonry works including replacement copes, remedial works to ashlar, new copes, new ashlar, new stone cladding
  • Lime render
  • Roofing works
  • Repairs to sash and case windows
  • Mechanical and electrical works including lift installation, replacement heating, power and lighting.
  • Floor, wall and ceiling finishes. High quality finishes include oak flooring and wall lining and a feature stair with glass balustrading.
  • Fit-out works.
  • External works including hard and soft landscaping and works to the rose garden, classified as a Historic Monument, which was sympathetically refurbished.

High quality finishes included oak flooring and wall lining and a feature stair with glass balustrading.

Added Value

Through the use of new processes the requirement to replace key elements of the building, with long lead times was negated. There was an existing installation problem with the tanking below an external stone staircase. Various options of lifting devices were considered, together with craneage and temporary scaffolding but as these all required a road closure they were not possible within the time period. The final proposal, to cut the stone to sizes that could be man-handled, did prolong the period to commence the works as approval from Historic Scotland had to be obtained, but was completed in a shorter time than it would have taken to organise a road closure for craneage.


  • Shortlisted in the 2011 RIAS Andrew Doolan Awards
  • Won an RIAS award in 2012
  • Commended in the Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards
  • Highly Commended in the Scottish Civic Trust Awards

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