A HIGH Street shop will soon have a brand new facelift which, rather than make the business look younger, should make it look more than 100 years old.
Thanks to Kirkcaldy’s £1 million Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), work has begun at Kingdom Cartridges to take out its modern shop front and give it a traditional, but stylish, new facade.
The b-listed building, which dates to the 19th century and is situated next door, to the A-listed Merchant’s House, will boast a timber design by Collective Architecture, based on historic evidence from an 1892 drawing and a photograph from the 1950s.
The work is being carried out by John Smart & Sons, Kirkcaldy and is due to be completed in May.
Laurie Anderson, owner of Kingdom Cartridges, said, “This scheme is a fantastic help in upgrading our shop front display and improving this historic part of the High Street”.
Kirkcaldy CARS is funded by Historic Scotland and Fife Council with the aim of improving the town’s historic town centre over five years.
The project will run until March next year and funding is being used to repair a number of historic buildings in the town, encouraging the public to recognise the value and benefits of conserving and improving Kirkcaldy’s heritage.
Previous Kirkcaldy CARS grants were spent on the upper floors above Fife Schoolwear, Nevisport, 11 Tolbooth Street and new windows at 291 High Street.
Lorraine Bell, CARS Officer at Fife Council said, “This is the final year of Kirkcaldy CARS and the first of a number of projects due to go on site this year.
“We hope the end result at Kingdom Cartridges will turn some heads this summer.”