And finally… Leap forward in skate park’s bid for listed status

And finally... Leap forward in skate park's bid for listed status

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has revealed that it proposes to designate Livingston ‘Livi’ Skatepark as a listed building.

West Lothian Council applied to Historic Environment Scotland in November 2021 asking them to consider listing the park, which was the first of its kind in the UK when opened in 1981.

The skatepark is one of a handful of surviving skateparks from the late 1970s – early 1980s in the UK. It has architectural interest for its pioneering design and the innovative approach of its architect, Iain Urquhart. Retaining its public park setting, the skatepark is an important survival of public enterprise architecture by Livingston Development Corporation and has social historical interest as an icon of the Scottish skate and bike scene.

HES carried out an earlier engagement exercise in which they received 559 responses to an online survey. The information provided by this exercise has informed their view on the interest of the skatepark for designation.

They would now welcome views on the detail of their report and their proposal and to list this building at category B.

Leader of West Lothian Council, Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “The council fully supports this bid to have our famous Skatepark listed. Let’s help secure the Skatepark’s Listed Status by taking five minutes to complete the questionnaire.

“Livingston skate park has established a deserved reputation as one of the best skating facilities in the country since it was opened in the early 1980s. People from around the country visit the park and we understand that it is well thought of and regarded within the skating community.”

The survey is open until Dec 12 and available by visiting here.

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