Scheme to revitalise Scottish town

Livingston town centre to be rebuilt around covered winter garden

Building Design Partnership (BDP) has created a £90 million plan for property developer Land Securities to revitalise the heart of a Scottish town centre around a large covered winter garden. BDP has submitted the scheme for outline planning permission in Livingston, West Lothian. Design team member Adrian Price said: “We want to create a real garden, probably with seats and a café. It will have to be proper destination.” He said there would be a transparent roof, either made of glass or else a dome similar to those at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Plants in the garden would be suitable for dry conditions. Price added: “We are unlikely to use local Scottish plants.” Below the winter garden is planned a covered events area, suitable for fashion shows and musical performances. BDP is appointing a landscape consultant for the scheme, which will include a tree-lined boulevard. The partnership says it is attempting to create a “high quality public realm”.

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