Stark drone footage shows abandoned West Lothian swimming pool demolished

Bubbles West Lothian
-Credit: (Image: Daniel Milburn)


A former West Lothian swimming pool has been completely demolished following a 'deliberate' blaze.

Images show the damage aftermath at former 'Bubbles' swimming pool, which was part of Xcite group in Livingston.

The site has since been dismantled leaving many locals gutted, and some saying "It's totally gone".

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The sheer damage of the fire has been laid bare through the images, with the former flumes and the rubble strewn on the ground.

Edinburgh Live previously reported on the attempts to try save the site so it could continue to operate as a leisure site, but bosses at West Lothian Council said they received no offers.

Police are also investigating a fire which took place at the site on June 7 with officers believing the blaze to be "deliberate"

Firefighters tackled the flames at the former Livingston swimming pool on Almondvale Parkway at around 8.43pm. Smoke could be seen billowing out of the building as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service put out the blaze and police cordoned off the area to the public.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue said: "We received a report of a fire at Almondvale Parkway at around 8.43pm on June 7. Three fire appliances attended and there were no reports of any casualties."

Drone footage has captured the damage
Former Bubbles swimming pool

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A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 8.50pm on Saturday, June 8, 2024, officers received a report of a fire on Almondvale Parkway, Livingston.

“The fire is being treated as wilful and enquiries are ongoing.”

At the start of June, the process of tearing down the building began has heavy machinery and skips were seen on the site. The site has now been earmarked for development by West Coast Estates Limited (WCEL).

In a statement released in November of 2023, the local authority said: "Multiple commercial/private offers were received but there were no offers from community groups and no offers received of any kind that would see the property operate as a swimming pool going forward. No community asset transfer applications were received.

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"The highest offer received at the closing date was for £850,000 and the site will be sold to a private company called West Coast Estates Limited (WCEL). WCEL operate within the property development and investment sector and have a proven track record of commercial property development, working in Scotland since 1991.

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"WCEL propose to clear the site and develop it to provide a new petrol filling station (to include an ancillary grocery convenience store), jet wash and electric vehicle charging facilities, plus a drive-thru restaurant.

"WCEL are private/commercial and any development would be subject to planning consent."