THE demolition work on one of Kirkcaldy’s landmark buildings on Nairn Street should be completed by the end of the year.
The former Nairn Linoleum Works will be torn down once the contractor has been appointed by Scottish Heritage who were granted permission to bulldoze the derelict building, which costs £100,000 a year to maintain, from Historic Scotland last year.
It was expected that work would start at the beginning of 2013, but a Scottish Heritage spokesman said that the delay was due to “... a number of factors involved.
He added: ‘‘It can be quite a lengthy process.
‘‘Permission was granted to carry out the demolition last year, but immediately we had to set aside three months to photograph and document the building, that took up to three months.
“Then the procurement process needs to be carried out and we have to be extremely careful that the correct procedures are followed so that there is fair and level playing field for any contractor to put in their application.
“We also need to go through the correct channels to secure funding. We put in what we think is an accurate estimate and need to name the contractor.”
News that the building, which has lain empty since 1985, was to be demolished was met with a mixed response.
Kirkcaldy Civic Society and Fife Historic Buildings Trust both tried to stop permission to demolish being granted, but others agreed with the move, such as Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance .
He said: “I welcome the opportunities it will open up.”
The Scottish Heritage spokesman said that the wheels were in motion for demolition work to now begin.
“We’re a fair way into the process now,” he said. “I don’t think it’s too far off now from everything being signed off and then work can begin.
“The process of demolishing the building shouldn’t take too long so I’m quite confident that it will be completed by the end of the year.”