A new home for Fife Cultural Trust

Heather Stuart, chief executive of Fife Cultural Trust, said the move will bring staff together and help to improve operational efficiency.
Heather Stuart, chief executive of Fife Cultural Trust, said the move will bring staff together and help to improve operational efficiency.
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Fife Cultural Trust is preparing to relocate its headquarters as part of a drive to improve its efficiency.

And the move will also help Fife Council reduce the number of buildings it operates as part of its office rationalisation programme.

Fife’s Archive Service, which was based at Carleton House in Markinch, is also relocating as part of the move with the lease on its current building due to run out at the end of the year.

While the move is happening, access to the archives has been suspended, although it is still possible for members of the public to enquire about archives and services by email or phone.

The new Search Room is due to open to the public at Iona House in John Smith Business Park, Kirkcaldy on Monday, November 16.

All of Fife Cultural Trust’s other services to the public will be uninterrupted by the changes.

Heather Stuart, chief executive of the trust, said: “A number of the trust’s administrative, support and service development staff are based in different buildings across Fife.

“We’ll be moving to Iona House in Kirkcaldy’s John Smith Business Park over the next month.

“It will benefit us to bring staff together and help us to improve our operational efficiency.”

The trust’s new home at Iona House will accommodate staff and services from Fife Archive Services, the schools library service and housebound library service staff from the Auchterderran Centre, administrative and support staff from the existing trust headquarters in Kirkcaldy, administrative and support staff from Rothes Halls, Ladybank Library and St Margaret’s House in Dunfermline; service development staff across Fife and the trust’s management team.

Fife Council acquired Iona House earlier this month as part of a wider piece of mid-Fife economic regeneration work.

Robin Presswood, head of the council’s economy, planning and employability services, said: “I’m pleased that an agreement has been reached that part of Iona House will service as the trust’s organisational headquarters until a commercial tenant is found.

“The trust is required to vacate a number of buildings as part of the council’s office rationalisation programme so this move to Iona House allows us to market the vacated properties, including the trust’s current HQ in Kirkcaldy.

“Our economic development team will also continue to market Iona House with a view to securing a permanent commercial tenant, at which point we will work with the trust to secure alternative appropriate accommodation.”