Lochgelly Town Centre Regeneration


The Lochgelly Town Centre project has seen a successful community-led approach to regeneration greatly improve the local area.

Location: Fife

Client: Ore Valley Housing Association, Fife Council, and Building Heritage Trust

Project Value: £30m

Status: Ongoing

Specialisation: Masterplan and phased redevelopment of the Town Centre to overcome the existing prevalent economic stagnation.

Community integration was identified early within the Lochgelly Town Centre Regeneration project as an integral component to the area’s regeneration, and a key to the regeneration design process for which to date we have completed four phases of new build housing, a refurbishment of a Grade B listed building for education & training use and a new build incubator business centre.

The re-emergence of the community buildings and housing on the Main Street has provided focus towards the public square in the heart of the town enlivening and encouraging businesses within the new retail units and Business Centre, and elsewhere.

To reinforce the connectivity between Main Street, the new housing and the existing community, we prepared a Local Landscape Strategy and Proposals which reviewed the existing green spaces in and surrounding the town centre.

Options for improvement were identified and developed to compliment the new development and refurbishment projects within the regeneration area. This has resulted in a community sense of ownership, public appreciation and protection of the environment, and a reduced need for external maintenance.

Awards – Lochgelly Town Centre Regeneration:

  • Winner: The Planning & Placemaking Awards – Award for Promoting Economic Growth
  • Winner: The Planning & Placemaking Awards – Regional – Scotland

Awards – The Miners Institute:

  • Winner: RICS Scotland Regeneration Award;
  • Commendation: Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum Regeneration Area Award

Awards – Lochgelly Business Centre:

  • Winner: Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland
  • Shortlisted: RICS Awards Scotland: Regeneration Category
  • Shortlisted: RICS Awards Scotland: Commercial Category

Photos by McAteer Photograph.

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