Future of town centre office block in doubt

Kingdom House, Glenrothes
Kingdom House, Glenrothes
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A major office block in the centre of Glenrothes could be demolished as part of a wider redevelopment of the town centre.

Easy Living Developments, the company behind ambitious proposals to redevelop the site in North Street currently occupied by the CISWO Club, said the future of Fife Council’s Kingdom House offices plays no part in their planning applications submitted on September 1.

In the event the building is declared surplus, we will consider whether to sell or lease it for use by others or redevelop the site to try to contribute towards the regeneration of Glenrothes Town centre.

However the Gazette understands that the local authority is reluctant to be saddled with extensive refurbishment and modernisation work required for the ageing office facility as it struggles to plug a £77m budget shortfall, and has not ruled out demolishing the building, to make way for possible extra car parking.

Alan Paul, senior manager, property services, remained tight lipped about the plans. He said: “Currently we continue to require Kingdom House, which is the smallest of the three main office buildings we have in Glenrothes.

“However, it is possible that in a couple of years time we may no longer need this building.

“In the event the building is declared surplus, we will consider whether to sell or lease it for use by others or redevelop the site to try to contribute towards the regeneration of Glenrothes Town centre.”

Retail giant Marks and Spencer is believed to be keen on establishing a food outlet in the town if the development is approved.