The creation of a new visitor centre to honour the life and times of world-famous economist Adam Smith in his home town has moved on to its next phase.
With the external work to make the historic building at 1 Adam Smith Close, Kirkcaldy, wind and water-tight, planning permission has now been granted to begin work on restoring the inside of the former smokehouse, an 18th century listed building which overlooks the Esplanade.
And the building’s owner, Fife Historic Buildings Trust, says it is pleased with the way things are progressing.
“The listed building consent and planning permission means work can now start on creating the new facility which will be the base for the Adam Smith Global Foundation,” explained Lorraine Bell, manager of the Trust which will maintain ownership of the building until all the work is complete, before selling it back to the Foundation.
The building, which stands within the grounds of Smith’s former home, will house exhibition space on the life and work of Adam Smith as well as a multi purpose room on the ground floor for community events, including business meetings, workshops and seminars.
The upper level of the three-storey building will provide office accommodation for the Foundation staff, as well as business incubator space where fledgling businesses can start up and develop with the benefit of the support of the Foundation.
“We are happy that everything is going to plan, and, with the granting of the latest permission, work will be able to start on the internal work later this year,” added Lorraine.
“The Foundation’s hope is that everything will be up and ready to go in time for next year’s Adam Smith Festival in June, and that’s what we will be working towards.”
Funding for the project, which will cost £700,000, has come from the Coastal Communities Fund, Historic Scotland, Fife Council, the Adam Smith Foundation and Fife Environment Trust.