Byron Court

Byron Court

The existing complex was built circa 1960 and over the years was the subject of various minor repairs and alteration works. With the repairs becoming ever more frequent, Housing Services took the decision to completely upgrade the complex (internally and externally) with the aim of providing a modern and comfortable standard of accommodation for both the residents and staff.

The Client brief was short and to the point. Internally, the existing bedsit units and small self-contained flats were to be redesigned so that :

1) all of the units were self-contained and

2) that units suitable for disabled persons were incorporated.

Externally, the building was to become more energy efficient and maintenance free, as far as possible, and an enclosed / private garden area provided.

This open brief approach provided the grounds for a good interaction between the Design Team and the Client. By fully involving the Client and Staff throughout the design process (and on site), it was possible to fully appreciate the workings, and systems in place at the complex, resulting in the completed project exceeding all initial expectations.

The project is now complete with all units occupied. The once dull exterior has been replaced with a bright, modern façade, which although sympathetic to its surroundings, welcomes the residents in to the complex where they are met with a fresh, comforting and homely finish. The flatted units are finished to a modern standard and benefit from fitted carpets and blinds throughout. The feedback from residents who were present throughout the transformation process, and those who are new to the complex, has been extremely positive.


Location: Methil

Value: £2.5 million

Start Date: May 2014

End Date: January 2016

Main Contractor: Fife Council, Building Services