A £1.4 MILLION community centre should open its doors by the end of the summer.

Groundworks began on the new Whitecraig Community Centre in October, with work due to be complete by August next year.

Once completed, the centre will include a multi-purpose games hall, creche and café.

Changing facilities for Deantown Welfare Bowling Club members are also included in the plans as the new centre is on the site of the club’s former clubhouse.

Councillor Jim Goodfellow, cabinet member for wellbeing, visited the site a week before Christmas to see the progress that is being made.

He said: “It’s great to see the new Whitecraig Community Centre taking shape.

“Having the hall’s frame in place is starting to give a sense of the scale of this investment.

“I’m sure the community are looking forward to it opening so they can benefit from the modern facilities.”

The structural frame for the games hall is in place with blockwork beginning in that area.

The timber frame for the main part of the building will be put in place in early 2019, unveiling the shape and scale of the whole project.

The new community centre has been designed by East Lothian Council’s in-house team following extensive community consultation.

Hadden Group, who previously worked on the extension to Law Primary School in North Berwick, was awarded the £1.4m contract following a competitive tender process.

Steven Brady, managing director from Hadden Group, said: “We’re pleased to have been chosen to deliver this new community centre for Whitecraig which continues our excellent working relationship with East Lothian Council.

“Our construction team are progressing well with the build and we look forward to delivering a first-class community asset.”