Former print works becomes luxury housing development

The side of the new development at Allen Court looks out to Kirkcaldy Old Kirk
The side of the new development at Allen Court looks out to Kirkcaldy Old Kirk
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A FORMER Kirkcaldy printworks which served the town for over a century, has been transformed into luxury apartments.

The Inglis Allen factory off Oswald’s Wynd, has been refurbished into a stylish courtyard development of two to four bedroom apartments, many with views out over the Forth.

The new Allen Court development

The new Allen Court development

And hints of its illustrious past have been retained in the new development.

Printing in Kirkcaldy can be traced back to 1868 when Archibald Beveridge first brought it to the bustling port.

The Allens came in in 1892 on Beveridge’s death, when the Coupers & Allen works opened up in Oswald’s Wynd. It was destroyed by fire in 1900, but was re-opened a short time later by John Henry Allen as the Allen Lithographic Company, which went on to become one of the main employers in the area.

In 1988 it merged with Falkirk based Inglis Paul to form Inglis Allen. This was followed by a management buyout in 2001, but a fall in demand for its services led to it going into liquidation in 2007.

The old building came to the attention of Boyd Sinclair, director of Edinburgh based Pegasus Fire Protection Company Ltd. and he was keen to develop it into housing.

Through PFP, he and his wife Laura decided to transform it into luxury flats, maintaining as many of the original printworks’ historical features as possible, and it took three years of careful planning and building work to complete the development.

“When we saw it we fell in love with the old building and wanted to keep and maintain as much of the history relating to it as possible,” explained Laura.

“It was quite painstaking work, but when we saw it all coming together it was worth it.”

The properties are built around a landscaped courtyard with private parking and electronic gate access. Retaining the character of the building means that all the homes feature large windows, high ceilings and generous sized rooms, while externally the original stonework has been restored.

Alan Baxter of selling agents Your Move, said: “So often historic buildings get demolished but here we have one restored and back in use. It’s a first class luxury development.”