Gallery: The final days of the Kirkcaldy power station...

Last days of old Victoria Road power station. L-r: Blair Dryburgh, managing director of Blair Group which carried out the work; Donald Morrison, site manager; and Diana Josephs, owner.
Last days of old Victoria Road power station. L-r: Blair Dryburgh, managing director of Blair Group which carried out the work; Donald Morrison, site manager; and Diana Josephs, owner.

Going, going, gone!

The final bricks have been removed, the last of the steel girders are coming down.

By the end of the week the site will be levelled and all that will remain of the old Victoria Road power station will be a sandstone wall up to shoulder height along the frontage of the once majestic building which housed the electricity plant which powered Kirkcaldy’s tram network from 1902 until the early 1930s.

After a lengthy battle of over four decades, the owner, Mrs Diana Josephs of United Investments Ltd, won the battle to allow her to demolish the huge structure which, over the past 60 years, had fallen into serious disrepair and was becoming a danger to the public.

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A condition was that the frontage up to door height remain, and Mrs Josephs paid for a building archivist to record the interior for future generations.

Two months ago, the Blair Group, under the supervision of managing director Blair Dryburgh, came on site and the bulldozers moved in, bringing down over 1000 tonnes of brick, the same again of sandstone, 500 tonnes of steel and over 12,000 slates.

The bricks will be crushed and used to fill in the basement level of the old station, while the old stone frontage which has been carefully taken down stone by stone will be packed up and recycled in other buildings throughout the UK, along with the slates.

Mr Dryburgh (30), said the job had been “fairly straightforward” and he and his staff had loved working on it.

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And Mrs Josephs said she would finally be able to sleep at night, without worrying that someone was going to be hurt by a falling stone or that a youngster would become trapped after lighting a fire.

“I am delighted that it is finally down and safe,” she said.

“Blair and his team have done a wonderful job and to finish it in just two months is quite an achivement.

“I knew it was in safe hands.”

So what is next for the site?

“We had planning permission for a 70-bedroomed care home, shop and flats four years ago, but with all the delays and wrangling that went on the interested party has gone elsewhere, so we are back to square one again,” explained Mrs Josephs.

“We will be looking for something else to go in its place.

“It would be interesting to hear from the people of Kirkcaldy what they would like to see on the site, which is a massive 2.8 acres. It would be ideal for a cinema complex. They can go on to the Blair Group website and pass on their ideas.”