No-one wanted it so landmark Kirkcaldy factory will go

The old Nairn building will disappear from the Kirkcaldy skyline
The old Nairn building will disappear from the Kirkcaldy skyline

An important part of Kirkcaldy’s industrial heritage will disappear from the landscape this weekend.

The former Nairn’s linoleum factory on Victoria Road will be razed to the ground - after lying empty for over three decades.

Demolition experts have been on the site of the B-listed building for several weeks, removing dangerous asbestos before the bulldozers move in to pull down the factory.

For many with age-old family connections to the building, it will be a sad day, but others will just be delighted to see the back of it as the area prepares for a fresh start.

A charette is planned to get local folk involved in coming up with new ideas for the site.

The demolition work is being carried out by Hunter Demolition, and Victoria Road will be closed between Mitchell Street and Dunnikier Road with diversions in place on Saturday and Sunday.

James McAllister, contracts manager, said: “We have been carrying out internal asbestos removal and strip works inside the structure and will finish this tomorrow (Friday).

“The road will then be closed over the weekend to allow machine demolition of the factory buildings. Then we will be processing rubble on site, clearing off and installing a new perimeter fence for completion around mid-April.”

Councillors and community groups spoke of their mixed feelings at the loss of the former factory.

Councillor Kay Carrington, said: “It is a sad demise of a historic building that we will never be able to afford to replace.

“We have tried over many years to find a use for it and someone prepared to invest in its future, but without any luck. It has fallen into a dangerous state and now it needs to come down. Demolition and clearing the whole area will give it a fresh start.”

David Galloway, vice chairman of Kirkcaldy Civic Society, described it as as “a sad loss.”

“It was a unique building for a unique process and once it is gone we will never get it back again,” he said. This was a real missed opportunity to turn this building into something special.”