Investing in Dunfermline

Last Friday, local councillors, Fife College lecturers and community representatives toured three of our large capital projects in Dunfermline.

Abbeyview Community Centre, Dunfermline Learning Campus and Fife Interchange North were the focus of the visit. Those attending got to see first-hand the progress and challenges on-site and ask the project team questions.

City of Dunfermline Area Convener, Cllr James Calder said: “I’m pleased so many community representatives got the opportunity to go on site and see the scale and quality of the builds.
“We’re investing over £130million in the City of Dunfermline through creating a new community hub in Abbeyview, replacing St Columba’s and Woodmill High Schools, and thanks to City Region Deal funding, building a new business park at Fife Interchange North.
“As a new city, Dunfermline needs facilities that reflect this status and encourage further growth and investment in the city and Fife.”

Project Updates

Work creating the new Abbeyview Community Hub is progressing well and should be complete in Autumn 2024.  The hub will provide:

  • a range of general-purpose rooms, one will be linked to the multi-use hall allowing larger events to be held,
  • a large community space,
  • a dedicated training kitchen, and
  • a changing places facility.

Once the new hub is fully operational the existing Abbeyview Community Centre will be demolished for future development.

Dunfermline Learning Campus will bring together pupils, students and staff at St Columba’s RC High School, Woodmill High School and Fife College in modern, fit-for-purpose and low-carbon facilities.

The schools at Dunfermline Learning Campus will open to pupils in August 2024 and the college will have a phased opening during 2025.

Fife Interchange North, funded by the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, is a major business park with first-class location, transport connections and workforce availability, and is already home to Amazon UK’s 1.1 million sq. ft fulfilment centre.

The site has excellent links to Mid-Fife, enabling job seekers to easily access employment opportunities.

The 10 business units will range in size from 160m² to 365m², with the option to combine units, including the potential to provide a single unit of 730m². The units are due for completion in Autumn 2024. They will be available to rent to innovative businesses that are looking to invest and expand in Fife.

The development is part of the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, a partnership of local authorities, universities and colleges, and the Scottish and UK Governments to deliver a 15-year programme that is transforming the regional economy.