Historic station buildings will soon be back in business

Burnt Island Station

A project to restore and convert original 200 year old railway station platform buildings to create four business units for rent at Burntisland in Fife, is making exceptionally good progress, with the contract team being commended for their performance.

The scheme, for Fife Historic Buildings Trust, follows on from an earlier development completed in a separate project to create a new business centre at the station’s Station House.

The current development has been designed by Stephen Newsome and is being carried out by Hadden Construction, who have both been praised for their performance. “I have been delighted by the progress made by Hadden Construction. We have a good design team and contractors – each of whom has done very well” said Mr Alan Lodge of Fife Historic Buildings Trust.

The scheme involves the complete refurbishment of the former derelict Georgian platform buildings, including the installation of a new slate roof and new sash and case windows as well as external stone repairs, internal stripping out and re-fitting, including re-plastering and the installation of new internal partitions, building services including wiring and plumbing, new toilets and new floor finishes. The business units measure approximately 40 sq m on average.

“We have had significant interest from local artists and craftspeople, so the units could well be occupied as workshops for them” said Mr Lodge.

The contractors are aiming for completion by Christmas 2011 – ahead of the January 2012 scheduled programme.

The station has a fascinating history and was not only the railway station prior the opening of the Forth Railway Bridge, but also the terminal for what is thought to be the very first roll-on, roll-off ferry service in the world. The building, together with the now demolished Forth Hotel, later served as one of the three main railway centres in Scotland and was a major employer in Burntisland.

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