Rothesay House to be demolished

Rothesay House, GlenrothesOne of Fife Council's office buildings in Glenrothes is to be demolished.

Rothesay House has been a familiar part of the town's skyline for over 40 years but has not been used to its full capacity since December 2021.

Now councillors at a meeting of the council's Cabinet Committee have agreed to demolish the former office block, opening up a key site in the town centre for new development.

Council Leader David Ross explained: "We are working to reduce our estate and make it more sustainable.

Rothesay House is at the end of its useful life and its construction and design means there are no viable alternative uses for the building. Our blended ways of working in place since the end of the covid pandemic means we no longer need so much office space and can make better use of this prime location in Glenrothes town centre."

Once demolition is complete the cleared site will offer an opportunity to secure private sector investment in the town centre, supporting the council’s ambition for the regeneration of the area. The site is a large area of land, close to the Kingdom Centre, the Rothes Halls, public transport and other amenities. It also has a district heating connection, which would give a developer the opportunity to provide heat from a renewable source.

Demolition work is expected to start in spring 2024 and should take around six months to complete.