Project transforms iconic Fife building

A key milestone for the Cupar Burgh Chambers project has now been reached.

Friday, 15th July 2016, 1:30 pm
The pink Burgh Chambers stand out.
The pink Burgh Chambers stand out.

Fife Historic Buildings Trust has been working with Fife Council to transform the previously empty building and give it a new lease of life.

Following community consultation and formal approval to repair and adapt this Common Good property to create a holiday let apartment a design team, led by Cupar-based Arc Architects,has been working on the plans.

The design includes two en-suite bedrooms on the top floor, with a generous kitchen and living area on the first floor, all finished to a high standard. The drawings can be viewed online on Fife Council’s planning portal, and the Burgh Chambers will also be open to the public for Doors Open Day on Sunday, September 4 from 11am to 4pm.

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Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s depute leader, and spokesman for Planning and Economy, said: “Cupar’s landmark Burgh Chambers is set to put the town on the map as a tourist destination, as the work by Fife Historic Buildings Trust gives the iconic pink building a new lease of life.

“Preserving the buildings that provide Cupar’s unique architectural townscape is central to regeneration and economic growth. The transformation is being carried out as part of a package of town centre improvements under the CARS initiative (Cupar Area Regeneration Scheme), which is run by the Trust in conjunction with Fife Council. We are proud of the way that the Cupar CARS regeneration grant funding is helping to make the area a better place for local people and visitors alike.”

Lorraine Bell, Fife Historic Buildings Trust manager, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Fife Council to deliver this wonderful project. The historic fabric of the building will be carefully repaired in line with best conservation practice and the interior will be sympathetically adapted for the new use while retaining as much of the historic character as possible.”