The demolition of old and derelict buildings in Dalgety Bay is set to create opportunities for further regeneration at Hillend and Donibristle Industrial Estate and boost economic development in the area, according to Fife Council.
The former Maxwell Buildings, situated at the industrial estate’s entrance, were derelict for many years but lengthy discussions between the Council and agents for the site owners have now finished, allowing for demolition work to begin.
The Council says these demolitions mark a key stage in the regeneration of the estate, remove unsightly derelict buildings and bring essential employment land to the market.
Cllr Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s depute leader and executive spokesperson for Economy and Planning, said: “Businesses are at the heart of our communities, providing jobs and boosting the economy, and the Hillend and Donibristle Industrial Estate is an important employment and economic hub in the area.
“We are working hard to ensure that Fife is a great place to work and do business and we hope that the provision of more serviced land will help stimulate further investment on the site and aid regeneration of the estate into a key location for modern businesses.”
Demolition work on the old Havelock site has also begun, with the site to be cleared and placed on the market in the coming weeks.
The Council purchased the former Havelock Europa Building last year, putting part of it up for sale soon after. The Moss Way building has now been sold to Sign Plus Ltd, a sign manufacturing company already with premises on the estate.
Ken Richards, chairman of Sign Plus Ltd, said “We were looking to expand our business and the availability of this building proved ideal to meet our needs.
“The building which we have renamed ‘Lancaster House’ has undergone an extensive refurbishment and not only forms an integral part of our growth strategy but also allows the company to be a part of the exciting regeneration plans for the Estate.”
These demolitions are the latest of a number of regeneration projects that have taken place since the establishment of the Estate Regeneration Steering Group.
The Steering Group – made up of businesses within the estate and support from Fife Council – is responsible for shaping and implementing a regeneration strategy to secure the long term future of the site.
The popular estate – attractive to businesses large and small – now accommodates more than 120 businesses and 2,000 employees.
Colin McPhail, chairman of Dalgety Bay and Hillend Community Council, said: “The excellent work by the Steering Group is helping to turn the estate around.
“As well as creating exciting opportunities for economic development, the latest demolition projects will have an enormous impact on the appearance of the area by removing these long standing derelict buildings.”