Restored to be an award-winner ...

Trust volunteer Andy Kelly holding the plaque

Trust volunteer Andy Kelly holding the plaque

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FIFE Historic Buildings Trust has scooped a prestigious award.

The Trust won the national Network Rail Partnership Award at the prestigious National Railway Heritage Awards in London on December 5.

The accolade was given for its restoration and conversion of the Burntisland Old Station Platform Building.

The Trust completed the £850,000 project in February, and the building is now home to a community of seven artists, designers and craft workers.

In 2011, it restored and converted the Old Station House building into business units for Glenrothes Industrial Association.

The work also provided a new access ramp to the station.

Meanwhile, in Dysart the Trust has almost completed the restoration and conversion of the birthplace of the famous explorer John McDouall Stuart, turning it into a holiday apartment to attract visitors to the area.

And The final phase of work at the home of the Trust in Kinghorn Town Hall is to start very soon.

The old guard room at the end of the garden lay derelict for many years until the Trust restored the structure with help from Historic Scotland and the Burntisland Development Trust.

Honour

It is now to complete the work and fit it out as an office.

The building is to be named after Bob Watt in honour of the work he did as a trustee since its creation in 1997. He passed away earlier this year.

In Kirkcaldy the Trust has just completed the purchase of the derelict building on the Esplanade which stands on the site of the birthplace of Adam Smith.

Working with the Adam Smith Global Foundation, it plans to repair it and eventually convert it into a centre for the Foundation.

Almost £200,000 of funding from Historic Scotland has been secured as part of the Kirkcaldy Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme.

Christine May, chairman, said: “I am delighted that the work of our wonderful manager and volunteers on the Burntisland Station buildings has received national recognition. The plaque which was presented in London will be displayed with great pride.

Restoration

“The trust is one of the most successful bodies restoring historic buildings in Scotland.

‘‘It gives us great satisfaction to see once derelict and abandoned buildings brought back to their former glory and, more importantly, playing an active role in the economic life of Fife.”

She added: “None of this could happen without all those others who help us achieve our aims. Local and national organisations provide funding, support and encouragement, and their contribution is also recognised in this award.”