Homelands starts to take shape

The artist impression from architects James F Stephen Architects shows how it will look when completed.
The artist impression from architects James F Stephen Architects shows how it will look when completed.

Work on the Homelands Project in Lundin Links is progressing rapidly, and is on course for completion next summer.

Building work on the project, which has been on the cards for nearly two decades, started in August and when finished, will provide four luxury, accessible, self-catering holiday cottages and a disability drop-in centre to meet the needs of people with a range of disabilities and long-term health conditions.

The buildings, being constructed by contractors Campion Homes, are being built on the site of the former Homelands estate, which was owned by Miss Isobel Paxton.

Miss Paxton bequeathed her estate to the Fife branch of the MS Society, and it was her wish that it be used to establish and maintain a facility to enable people affected by a range of disabling conditions to have a holiday or a break from living daily with a long-term condition.

Now, two months in to the project, which was marred by a number of controversial delays throughout the two decades previous, things are beginning to take shape.

Jan McDonald of the Homelands-Trust Fife, a registered charity which was set up in 1998 to carry out the wishes of Miss Paxton, said it is fantastic to see the project progressing so quickly and that the scheduled finishing date should be June 2014.

“It’s really exciting watching the buildings going up week by week,” said Jan. “We look forward to seeing Miss Paxton’s legacy come to fruition next summer.”