End of road for Kirkcaldy lino factory after 30 years of standing empty

Councillors Brown and Carrington at the site of the former lino works
Councillors Brown and Carrington at the site of the former lino works

An eyesore former linoleum factory on a busy Kirkcaldy road is set to be demolished after more than three decades of standing empty.

The former A-listed Nairn’s linoleum works on Victoria Road was closed in the early 80s, and has lain unused ever since.

For the past four years it has been surrounded by unsightly scaffolding and plastic sheeting after wood, believed to have been part of a window frame, fell to the pavement below.

Numerous proposals have fallen through, including plans for an industrial museum, library and cafe.

This week councillors for the area welcomed the news that it will finally be demolished.

Hunter Demolition has been appointed to pull down the building, which has been owned by Scottish Enterprise Fife since 2001.

James McAllister, contracts manager for Hunter, said: “We’ve been here for two weeks clearing the inside and taking out asbestos. This will take another few weeks.

‘‘Demolition will take place a few weeks after that, and then we will clean up and put up a new fence and finish in early April.

Councillor Kay Carrington said: “It is good news that another derelict site in Kirkcaldy area is to be cleared and will make the whole Victoria Road site more attractive to investors and certainly more acceptable to the local people.

“It is a great pity that this part of our industrial heritage could not be brought into constructive use, despite many attempts over the years to market its potential.”

Fellow councillor Lawrence Brown added: “The timing is also quite appropriate as we are currently consulting on a charette for the whole of 
Victoria Road’s potential for development.

‘‘The complete demolition of derelict properties along this stretch, from the former SMT garage to Junction Road, will probably have wide local appeal.”

The building was vacated by Forbo-Nairn in the early 1980s and bought by Scottish Enterprise Fife in 2001.