Blackburn House, West Lothian

Multi-award winning restoration of a derelict Georgian Country House to create a hub for the creative industries and an on-location period film set.

Blackburn House offers an extensive range of modern facilities for the creative industries available to rent including office, workshop, recording and gallery space.

For further details please see Properties to Let.

The Project

Blackburn House is an A-Listed Georgian Country House on the outskirts of Livingston which was unoccupied for over 30 years before restoration. It is a highly significant example of a largely unaltered 18th Century rustic villa with lavish rococo interior plasterwork.

It was built by a sugar plantation owner, George Moncrieff, on a prominent location on the principal road at the time between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Towards the end of the 20th Century the building was in a severe state of dereliction and decay and its future looked bleak.

It has now, however, been carefully restored, conserved and modernised to create a Centre for the Create Industries whilst retaining its architectural integrity.

The building now provides flexible and adaptable accommodation and services available to rent sufficient for period house film set location or as individual offices, workspaces, recording studios and other services.

Linda Fabiani (former Culture Minster for the Scottish Government) opened the building in September 2009.


THANK YOU to the following funders and supporter without whom this project would not have been possible:

Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothians, European Regional Development Fund, West Lothian Council, Architectural Heritage Fund, Bank of Scotland.


  • Georgian Group 2008 (Winner – Restoration of a Georgian Country House)
  • RICS (Scotland) Award 2009 (Commendation – Building Conservation)
  • Edinburgh Architectural Association Design Award 2008 (Winner – Conservation and Regeneration)
  • Europa Nostra Award 2011 (Short-listed)

"The restoration of Blackburn House is a great success and a modern representation of the triumph of perseverance over all manner of difficulty."

John Campbell QC

Project Details

Building Developer and Owner
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (developed by Cockburn Conservation Trust)

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust

Design Team

Simpson & Brown Architects

Quantity Surveyor
Morham & Brotchie

Structural Engineer
Waterman Structures

M & E Engineer
Allan Cumming Associates

CDM Co-ordinator
Stephen Newson

Main Contractor
Hunter Clark Ltd

Project Cost

£3.5 Million







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