LOCHGELLY Miners’ Institute and Town Square are one of the shortlisted projects going through to the Grand Final of the RICS Awards 2009 on Friday, 16 October.
One of only four nominations representing Scotland, the Miners’ Institute and Town Square are competing in the category of Community Benefit which looks for outstanding achievement in providing community facilities for a single building, or group of buildings.
The influential RICS Awards are an annual celebration of Built and Natural Environment projects which demonstrate excellence in Regeneration, Building Conservation, Community Benefit and Sustainability.
The restoration and refurbishment of the 1923 former Miners’ Institute and the transformation of the adjoining Town Square have achieved much recognition this year already, winning the Scotland Building Project of the Year 2009 for best in category for Regeneration, as well as best in category for Regeneration at the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2009.
Now home to the Adam Smith College and Fife Women’s Technology Centre, the Miners’ Institute provides learning opportunities and vocational training with more than 100 people a week using the specialised training and support services on offer. The centre reaches out to unemployed men and women and other disadvantaged groups in the community, and provides a relaxed learning environment for S3 and S4 pupils at risk of exclusion from school.
Partners involved with Fife Council in the development and funding of the project, included European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Coalfield Regeneration Trust, Robertson Trust, Historic Scotland, Communities Scotland, Heritage Building Preservation Trust, Dearle and Henderson Architects, Fife HARCA and Richard Street Building Contractors.
Commenting ahead of Friday’s Grand Final, Gordon Sutherland, team leader with Fife Council’s Physical Regeneration, Environment & Projects, said: “The restored land mark building saves a part of Lochgelly’s mining heritage and brings new opportunities for learning to the commmunity.”
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