Almost there! Kirkcaldy sea wall takes on a new look

Good progress is being made on the Kirkcaldy Seawall repairs. Pic: Hawkeye Photography
Good progress is being made on the Kirkcaldy Seawall repairs. Pic: Hawkeye Photography

Good progress is being made on a £9 million project to redevelop Kirkcaldy’s ageing sea wall.

And the contractor told the Press the scheme is on course to finish on schedule in October.

The wall is being refurbished and heightened to help protect the Promenade - and new seating and lighting installed to make it a more attractive place for locals and visitors to enjoy.

VolkerStevin was appointed by Fife Council as the main contractor for the refurbishment project in November 2012.

The work, which began last July, included heightening the sea wall by 0.5m and raising the promenade 0.25m.

Five new access ramps to the beach have been installed and a rock armour run along 1.8km of the beach.

There are also new pedestrian shelters and new streetlighting.

A spokesman for VolkerStevin said, as of mid July 2014, workers have completed 90 per cent of the rock revetment, which will break up large waves before they reach the wall, with 83,000 tonnes of materials sourced locally within Fife.

They have demolished part of the existing sea wall and replaced 95 percent of it with precast wall units.

A total of 544 precast units have been used so far.

She said construction of the five new ramps has been completed and work is now under way to add four new flights of steps.

Kerry-Anne Beatson, public liaison officer for VolkerStevin, said: “We are looking forward to being able to hand back the promenade and beach to the town.

“We remain grateful to the residents of Kirkcaldy for their positive feedback and co-operation during the construction period and hope that everyone will be as pleased with the new seafront as we are.”

Councillor Pat Callaghan, the Council’s executive spokesman for environment and transportation, welcomed the update.

He said: “I am delighted to see this project making such great progress.

“People in the town can really start to see things taking shape and it’s great to know we’re still on course to finish as projected in October.

“This £9 million major redevelopment will make the sea wall a more attractive place for local people and visitors to enjoy and capitalises on the spectacular waterfront of the Lang Toun.”