Work for new era at Greig

Greig Institute
Greig Institute

Work to transform the Greig Institute into a third sector hub for Levenmouth and beyond has started.

Builders moved into the South Street property on Monday, following weeks of delays, with work having originally been planned for April.

Fife Council confirmed that the renovations will take around four weeks, with work expected to be complete – given there are no surprises – on August 14.

The 19th century building will be transformed into a third sector hub, housing charitable and volunteer organisations, after the council reached an agreement with the groups moving in back in December 2014.

Fife Gingerbread will relocate from its current office space at Arden House on Leven’s Commericial Road, with a spokesman explaining that “huge demand” on its services meant it had simply outgrown the small administration office.

The lone parent and family support charity will join Fife Voluntary Action (FVA) and Citizens Advice and Rights Fife (CARF) at the institute.

Although the building itself is in a good state of repair, the interior will be refurbished to create three interview rooms and two administration offices on the ground floor.

The windows and guttering will also be repaired.

The Greig Institute has been an imposing presence on the south side of Leven for more than 150 years.

The distinct Gothic building, built by Andrew Heiton,opened as a people’s institute in 1872 and was named after one of its founders.

In living memory though, its reincarnations have been somewhat more chequered.

For a number of years the gardens housed a scrapyard before the building, now as the town’s public library, was refurbished and its grounds landscaped.