Cupar Burgh Chambers

  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Ian Jacobs
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd
  • © Arc Architects Ltd

Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Scotland

Local Authority Area

Fife

Information about this scheme

Built in 1812, the Burgh Chambers is a distinctive grade B listed building in the heart of Cupar’s historic Conservation Area. It expresses the bold commercial optimism that the town felt in the 19th century, when the county town experienced significant expansion on the back of agricultural growth and a local businessman cleared away the medieval Tollbooth to create the new Burgh Chambers. The Common Good property was well-loved by the local community, but severe access limitations prevented public activities, and its deteriorating condition led it to become a Building at Risk. Emergency works were undertaken in the early 2000’s to prevent collapse of its bow façade. A wide range of potential new uses for the Common Good property were considered, with the most viable being to convert it into a short-term holiday let. This allows the building to remain a Common Good property in public ownership while being occasionally accessible to the public, allowing the building’s historic character to be appreciated by visitors and creating a new local business that would ensure a sustainable future for the building in the long term. A complex and comprehensive scheme of repairs and improvements were undertaken to convert the building in 2017. Structural movement around the sandstone bow facade was stopped and extensive works were undertaken to achieve modern standards for fire safety, thermal and acoustic performance. The interior was dressed with local furniture from the Georgian period, and a selection of local historic prints and objects. This project was the main focus in Cupar’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and Townscape Heritage Initiative. This five-year scheme, managed by Fife Historic Buildings Trust on behalf of Fife Council, brings investment to buildings and spaces in Cupar’s historic Conservation Area to support the town centre’s future. It is funded by Historic Environment Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and Fife Council.

Credits

Conservation Architect

Arc Architects Ltd

Project Manager

Fife Historic Buildings Trust

Structural Engineer

David Narro Associates

Quantity Surveyor

Hardies Property & Construction Consultants

Services Engineer

Harley Haddow

Main Contractor

John Smart & Son (Kirkcaldy) Ltd

Client

Fife Council

Specialist Sub-Contractor

FA Sweeney Ltd

Sub-Contractor

D Blake & Co Ltd

Sub-Contractor

Kenneth Soutar Plumbing & Heating Ltd

Sub-Contractor

Makein & McNab Ltd

Sub-Contractor

Sandy Allan Blacksmith Ltd

Sub-Contractor

P. Johnson & Company

Sub-Contractor

James Normand & Son

Sub-Contractor

George Nicolson (Decorators Ltd)

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Lonsdale & Dutch

Sub-Contractor

G Tosh Plasterer

Sub-Contractor

BEST Services Ltd

Specialist Sub-Contractor

H.E. Weir & Son

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Ian Berturelli

Sub-Contractor

Leuchars Glazing

Sub-Contractor

Fife Soft & Hardwood Floorsanding Co

Sub-Contractor

Blast Clean Scotland

Primary Use Class

Class C1 - Hotels and Hostels