Phased closure means the end for Fife College campus buildings

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

Plans for a “phased closure” of Fife College’s Priory Campus will be complete by the summer of 2016, it has been revealed.

The news confirms rumours that the Nairn Building, situated near Kirkcaldy Harbour could share a similar fate to nearby office buildings, which were recently put up for sale.

No matter which way you look at it, it’s an unwelcome announcement

Cllr Neil Crooks

The move has been branded “really bad news for Kirkcaldy” by Cllr Neil Crooks.

A Fife College spokesman said: “The first phase of our estate improvements for Kirkcaldy saw us move out of the Roundhouse and Priory House buildings before Christmas.

“Both buildings were no longer fit for purpose or financially viable, and staff and courses have been easily accommodated within our other campus buildings.

“We will continue to vacate the Priory Campus on a phased basis.”

The College said the Nairn building was no longer cost-effective and it was too costly to bring it up to standard.

A closure plan was expected to be complete by summer next year,

The Priory Campus, which can be accessed off Victoria Road, provides building trade, computing and business courses for students - no courses have been moved yet.

With Scottish Government investment announced last October, Fife College - which was created when Adam Smith College and Carnegie College merged in 2013 - is embarking on major expansion of its estates in other Fife locations.

A spokesman said: “The new campus for Dunfermline, planned for 2019, is a key element of our long-term plans for progressing opportunities for people in Fife and beyond. This investment builds on the exciting and innovative new integrated campus in Levenmouth, already in development in partnership with Fife Council which opens in summer 2016.”

On learning the news yesterday (Wednesday) Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee cited concerns for businesses in the East High Street area who depended on student trade.

“The further education provision in Kirkcaldy will obviously be affected and I will need to establish which current provision if any will no longer be provided in Kirkcaldy,” he said.

“I will be organising meetings with the College to discuss these proposals in some detail but no matter which way you look at it it’s an unwelcome announcement which needs further examination.”