Transformation work starts on historic Inverkeithing Town House

Four tradesmen working on Inverkeithing's Town House

Work to repair Inverkeithing’s historic Town House, and create a vibrant hub managed by the local community, has started.

The project is part of the wider Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration scheme, delivered by Fife Historic Buildings Trust and Fife Council. It is funded by Fife Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Lorraine Bell, Manager at Fife Historic Buildings Trust explained: “The Town House project will create accessible community use spaces in the town centre, and also repair this landmark A listed building to safeguard it for the future. The Town House will be a busy space again, used by all generations in the town centre for meetings, birthday parties, exhibitions, dance, and much more.”

"Contractors are on site carrying out repairs to the historic fabric and hope to be finished by February 2023. A new lift is being installed to ensure that the Town House can be enjoyed and used by everyone. There are archaeologists on site who are sensitively managing excavations in the graveyard, which are necessary to install the lift."

Once the contract is completed, Fife Council will carry out works to the pavement outside, and a new community Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) set up to manage the building will complete the fit-out. It is hoped that the Town House will be open to the public next summer, following its £1.5m revitalisation.

All nearby shops, takeaways, cafes and businesses  open throughout the works.

Inverkeithing Town House

Cllr David Barratt, Convener of the South & West Fife Area Committee added: “It’s great to see work start on the Town House. Local people have been involved in the design proposals for the building over many months, and their contributions have made a huge difference. The new local organisation who will manage the Town House is also looking for support from anyone who would like to get involved. If you think you can help with marketing, income generation – or anything else – they would love to hear from you.”

Anyone who is keen to be involved can email inverkeithing@fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk to register their interest.

For more information visit www.fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk/inverkeithing or send any questions to inverkeithing@fifehistoricbuildings.org.uk.