Conversion work starts at historic Kirkcaldy building

Self contained apartments for empty landmark

By Allan Crow
Friday, 28th August 2020, 12:20 pm
Hunter House, Kirkcaldy
Hunter House, Kirkcaldy

Conversion work has started at a historic building in the heart of Kirkcaldy.

An unoccupied part of the former Hunter Hospital is to be turned into five self-contained apartments.

The work at the Category B-Listed building by Kingdom Housing Association has re-started after lockdown restrictions were eased.

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It will also create two common areas to provide support for tenants.

The building on Hunter Street is already home to a number of residents, but the former Hunter House had been unoccupied.

The new development will help support the Rapid Rehousing Strategy in Fife and ensure the longevity of a classic building in the Lang Toun.

Originally known as St Brycedale House, the building dates from 1785 and was acquired by local cabinet maker and builder John Hunter in 1886.

Upon his death John Hunter left his house in trust to be converted into a hospital.

The house was renamed Hunter Hospital and opened in 1936 and was in operation until its controversial closure in 1992.

Campaigners, led by Christine Hall, who chaired the now defunct Kirkcaldy District Local Health Council, argued that the it should be retained for care of the terminally ill.

After sitting empty for a number of years, and following conversion and new build work, the listed building was renamed Hunter House.

Bill Banks, Kingdom Group Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted that work can begin on site following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

“This iconic building in Kirkcaldy has had several custodians over the years including Fife and Viewpoint Housing Associations, who redeveloped and still own and manage the affordable housing new build wings of the building.

“I’m pleased that Kingdom will be able to make additional affordable housing available in this unique building.

“In recent years it has been difficult to find a use for this listed building and therefore there have been various short term lease occupiers, or it has been unoccupied.

“After extensive consultation with local residents I’m very happy that we’ll be able to open the doors to new residents next year.”

The total project cost is around £850,000 and funding of £400,000 has been provided from the Scottish Government and Fife Council.

The conversion works were designed by Bracewell Stirling Consultants and the works are being undertaken for Kingdom by Campion Homes.

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