St Andrews University could be on the brink of acquiring one of the town’s historic churches to house a £100 million collection of rare books, photographs and manuscripts.
It is understood the university sees Martyrs’ Church in North Street as the ideal location to display the historical collection, said to be one of the finest of its kind in Europe.
The university also has plans to use the building as a teaching centre and research library.
The former church is on sale for offers in excess of £500,000 following the merger of the Martyrs’ congregation with Hope Park Church back in July 2010.
It has now been identified by the university as the ideal location for students staff and members of the public to view their unique historical collection.
A university spokesman confirmed that the institution had noted interest in Martyrs’ Kirk.
One other interested party is believed to be looking at converting the building into a pub, restaurant or nightclub.
“Martyrs’ is an iconic property in the heart of one of the most historic parts of town,” said the spokesman.
党It has many qualities which we think lend themselves to the establishment of a research library and centre for special collections, as well as other educational uses.
n Cont. on page nine.