Kirkcaldy Town House back in business after £3m refurbishment

The newly refurbished Kirkcaldy Town House
The newly refurbished Kirkcaldy Town House

Kirkcaldy Town House will re-open its doors to the public on Monday after a £3.2 million refurbishment programme.

The project, which has taken 18 months to complete, will see staff moving back in - and the building become a central hub for council services in the town, with a new customer services centre.

It will provide everything from local office services to housing advice, registration, social work and community learning and development.

Improved access for all has been a key part of the refurbishment process, and a special full-sized ‘Changing Places’ facility – where personal care can be provided for adults with additional needs – has been installed, with a height-adjustable changing trolley and hoist cover.

The Grade-B listed building will also provide flexible office accommodation for over 300 staff who will return from Forth House which has been their temporary base while refurbishment work was carried out.

The building will also provide enhanced civic facilities including a marriage room, committee rooms and a main chamber, and a new-lookcafé which will be open to the public.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, is looking forward to returning to the Town House.

He said: “I know the closure caused disruption for some people and others have questioned the amount being spent, but this refurbishment has safeguarded this local landmark and provided a modern civic centre that thousands will use and which we can all be proud of.

“The new open-plan layout increases the office space available, so the Town House will now bring more Council employees to the town centre as well as customers. ‘‘

He added: “Following the refurbishment of Kirkcaldy Galleries and the opening of the new Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre, this is another welcome investment to build a vibrant town centre and healthy local economy.”

The Town House facelift is part of a wider, five-year office rationalisation programme.

The aim is to cut the number of properties Fife Council owns or leases from 95 to 27.

Running services and back-office functions from fewer buildings means the Council can reduce maintenance costs, energy bills and its carbon footprint.