Fife College defends refurb cost at Priory

Priory campus, Kirkcaldy. Pic: FPA
Priory campus, Kirkcaldy. Pic: FPA

Fife College, which recently announced a “phased closure” of its Priory Campus in Kirkcaldy has defended £1.5 million spent refurbishing buildings at the site over the past decade.

That sum included £1.4 million granted by the Scottish Funding Council, and involved a bill of £393,000 in 2012/13.

A college spokesman said: “In 2012/13 some money was spent on the Nairn building to carry out much needed work to upgrade the communal areas and refectory for students and partition classroom areas to provide adequate teaching spaces.

She added: “This work was completed before the formation of Fife College (Vesting Day 1 August 2013) as it was seen as a necessity before students joined the new term in August 2013.

“Once we became Fife College a full and thorough estates review of all Fife College buildings was carried out.

“This was completed at the end of last year and highlighted that the existing number of College buildings was unsustainable, and against a backdrop of funding cuts, needed to be managed more efficiently.”

The Priory Campus, situated near Victoria Road, is due to be closed in the summer of 2016.