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Kirkcaldy hotel plans bed down

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May 3 2013

Kirkcaldy hotel plans bed down
Plans have been submitted for the construction of a 54 bed waterfront hotel and 30 flats on Kirkcaldy’s Esplanade, with the developer claiming work could begin as early as July.
 
Financed by local businessman Alex Penman the scheme would be located on the site of the former Candlerooms nightclub and will see construction of a seven storey block clad in self-coloured render and/or facing brick.

Designed by Davidson Baxter Partnership the scheme is intended to reconnect Kirkcaldy’s High Street to the Esplanade through new public realm, an asset the town currently turns its back on -leaving a windswept no man’s land of car parking.

In a design statement project architect Stewart Davidson wrote: “The design addresses appropriately this prominent corner site, using active frontages onto adjacent streets. This includes entrance foyers, visible restaurant and bar facades, commercial unit access points which all include a visual interaction with the adjacent street scene.

“An element of undercroft car parking has been integrated to the North façade at ground level, but this has been sensitively designed. Screening has been introduced at low level, and the ground level façade has been recessed to create interest and interaction with the building elements.”

If all proceeds smoothly the development could be completed by January 2015.
Properties will boast views across the Forth Estuary
Properties will boast views across the Forth Estuary
The scheme is located on the site of a former nightclub, originally built in the thirties as a cinema
The scheme is located on the site of a former nightclub, originally built in the thirties as a cinema

2 Comments

designer
#1 Posted by designer on 4 May 2013 at 14:03 PM
I'm not sure that they will be ' dancing in the streets of Raith' when this goes up.
Jaded
#2 Posted by Jaded on 6 May 2013 at 09:07 AM
"Designed by Davidson Baxter Partnership the scheme is intended to reconnect Kirkcaldy’s High Street to the Esplanade through new public realm"

Where is the new public realm? Where is this connection to the Esplanade? As far as i can tell there's still a dual carriageway between that and the proposal.

If there's one thing i learned in architecture school, it is to be honest. I hope one day we can get rid of the buzz words and let our work speak for itself.

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