KINGDOM Housing Association has started conversion work on Hunter House in Kirkcaldy, a Category B listed building, following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
The conversion will see the currently unoccupied building developed into five self contained apartments along with two common areas to provide support for tenants.
Kingdom’s development of Hunter House will help support the Rapid Rehousing Strategy in Fife and ensure the longevity of a classic building in Kirkcaldy town centre.
Originally known as St Brycedale House, the building dates from 1785 and was acquired by a local cabinet maker and builder John Hunter in 1886. Upon his death, John Hunter left his house in trust to be converted into a hospital.
The house was renamed Hunter Hospital and opened in 1936 and was in operation until its closure in 1992. After sitting empty for a number of years, and following conversion and new build work, the listed building was renamed Hunter House.
Bill Banks, Kingdom Group Chief Executive said, “I’m delighted that work can begin on site following the easing of lockdown restrictions. This iconic building in Kirkcaldy has had several custodians over the years including Fife and Viewpoint Housing Associations, who redeveloped and still own and manage the affordable housing newbuild wings of the building. I’m pleased that Kingdom will be able to make additional affordable housing available in this unique building.”
“In recent years it has been difficult to find a use for this listed building and therefore there have been various short term lease occupiers, or it has been unoccupied. After extensive consultation with local residents, I’m very happy that we’ll be able to open the doors to new residents next year.”
The total project cost is around £850,000 and funding of £400,000 has been provided from the Scottish Government and Fife Council. The conversion works were designed by Bracewell Stirling Consultants and the works are being undertaken for Kingdom by Campion Homes.