A property developer has stepped in to save the fabric of an old Kirkcaldy landmark by breathing new life into the boarded up building.
The future of the former Station Hotel is now in the hands of project and development director Daniel Multon at Limetree Properties, who maintains he will retain much of the original facade as he transforms the historic building into 16 luxury flats.
He said: “The interior of the building is going to be like a brand new, new build property with very high insulation standards but it will be twice the size. The ceilings are much higher, the space is much bigger, so it will be a spectacular thing when it is finished.”
Former owner Robert Kilgour handed over the deeds to the impressive Bennochy Road building on November 24. And after much surveying work Daniel is keen to get the project moving.
“This is a good solid, stone building,” he said. “It is a very important corner of Kirkcaldy what with the galleries, Adam Smith Theatre and the Memorial Gardens. We want to make sure the architecture is retained as much as is possible.”
Limetree Properties recently converted the former Dysart Barony Church - which lay empty for years - into luxury apartments.
The architects, Davidson Baxter Partnership, who worked on the Barony project have also designed the apartments at Station Court.
“It is actually a very Fife based team. We have Limetree Properties - my father and I - from Kinross, the director of our lender Close Brother, Stuart Anthony is from Kirkcaldy, and the architects and contractor are also from Kirkcaldy - a strong Fife team!”
Confident in the condition of the building following a number of surveys and building investigations, Daniel aims to go through the strip down and demolition stage at the beginning of next year, and plans to complete the project by the end of 2016.
“We’ll have the enabling works, which include the windows and roof etc. completed in the first four months of the year and then we’ll do the fit out,” said Daniel. “The building is in pretty good condition we’re not having to do too much to the actual fabric of the building. We’ve been in the building so much now and done so much survey and intrusive work ,so we know what is there and there is no unknowns for us. “We would be very disappointed if it didn’t finish on time.”