Kingdom Housing Association completes conversion work on listed Kirkcaldy building
Kingdom Housing Association has completed conversion work on Hunter House in Kirkcaldy, a Category B listed building which the Association purchased in 2020.
The conversion has produced five self-contained flats along with two common areas that will provide supported accommodation to older people experiencing recurring homelessness.
The project not only supports the Rapid Rehousing Strategy in Fife but also ensures the longevity of a classic building in Kirkcaldy town centre.
Bill Banks, Kingdom Group chief executive, said: “The conversion work completed on Hunter House is incredible. Our designers and contractors have been able to retain many of the features that make this building unique and I’m confident that the new residents will enjoy the blend of classic architecture combined with modern design and materials.
“This project has only been possible due to the great support from Fife Council, the Scottish Government, Kingdom Support & Care and many other partners and I’m pleased that Kingdom is able to make affordable housing available in this iconic listed building.”
The total project cost is around £880,000 and funding of £406,000 has been provided from the Scottish Government and Fife Council. The conversion works were designed by Bracewell Stirling Consultants and completed for Kingdom by Campion Homes.
Julie Watson, Kingdom’s interim head of capital investment, said: “This has been a very challenging but thoroughly rewarding project. In addition to the conversion of this historic building into 5 high quality affordable homes, it has enabled a range of Community Benefits to be delivered including 2 new apprenticeships, 3 existing apprenticeships and the creation of 2 new labouring jobs. Campion Homes have also made a financial donation to the local food bank and funded the furniture starter packs for the new Hunter House homes. The project is an excellent example of what can be achieved through collaborative working, with all partners pursuing similar objectives.”
Originally known as St Brycedale House, the building dates from 1785 and was acquired by 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.