Project to refurbish County Buildings

County Buildings, Cupar.
County Buildings, Cupar.

WORK has begun on an ambitious year-long project to refurbish Cupar’s County Buildings.

A planning application is due to be lodged by Fife Council today (Friday) seeking permission to modernise the building as part of a Kingdom-wide overhaul of its facilities.

Already work has started on the repair and strengthening of the roof above the historic County Hall.

Team manager Jonathan Miles of the council’s corporate asset and management service explained: “Back in 2009 Fife Council completed a review of its offices and agreed a five-year programme of work to reduce, modernise and make fit for purpose the offices it wanted to keep.

“This work is part of a Fife-wide programme to reduce, modernise and make fit for purpose all council offices.

“This includes making our office environments more flexible so a greater number and range of staff can use them, and providing IT solutions to allow more mobile and home working.

“The savings to the council by reducing the number of offices we occupy will be approximately £2.6 million per year, plus we expect to raise a further £12.6 million from the sale of buildings surplus to our needs.”

He continued: “The planning application we’re about to lodge for the County Buildings is the first step in a 12-month programme to bring the building up to standard and provide more flexible office accommodation and a modern, town-centre local office.

“The work will be done in three phases.

“The first phase, which is just getting under way, is the repair and strengthening of the roof above County Hall.

“The second phase is the refurbishment of the rear offices and the final phase is the local office.”

Meanwhile, rumours that Cupar police are to move into the rear of the County Buildings and that their Carslogie Road offices are to be sold off were neither confirmed nor denied.

“We are in discussions with a range of partners because the council has to make savings,” said a spokesperson for the local authority.

Full details of the County Buildings re-vamp are due to be released by Fife Council today.