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A-listed Kirkcaldy linoleum factory to be demolished

February 20 2014

A-listed Kirkcaldy linoleum factory to be demolished
The world’s oldest linoleum factory, an A-listed edifice in Kirkcaldy, is to be demolished after its owner Scottish Enterprise failed to find a buyer after over two decades on the market.

As a result the property will be razed over a two month period despite its contribution to the industrial history of Fife.

Last occupied by Forbo-Nairn in 1984 the property has lain derelict ever since, falling into an ever deteriorating state of advanced decay.

Historic Scotland granted the demolition order last year after agreeing that re-use of the 120 year old building wasn’t economically viable.


#1 Posted by neilius on 21 Feb 2014 at 11:23 AM
Why do they A-list a building but allow it to be demolished if not economically viable. Either it is of "national or international importance" and should be preserved whether economic or not or it is not and can be demolished. I thought this was the sort of circumstance where the owner could serve notice on the local authority requiring them to purchase it from them.
#2 Posted by Hilly on 21 Feb 2014 at 13:22 PM
This is a real shame. History erased.
#3 Posted by Sven on 21 Feb 2014 at 13:42 PM
It does have austere beauty and if it were across the Forth in Edinburgh it would have been converted into lovely apartments by now. Do we know why is could not find development into flats?
The Bairn
#4 Posted by The Bairn on 21 Feb 2014 at 14:23 PM
plenty of salvageable material I would hope
#5 Posted by Ddesigner on 21 Feb 2014 at 14:59 PM
Would de-listing this building have made it more attractive to developers as a standing structure?
#6 Posted by SJF on 21 Feb 2014 at 19:15 PM
Congratulations Historic Scotland, a great victory for heritage! It's a sad state of affairs that money is the only valued thing in this world. What is the point of conserving anything if your not going to stand up for a "World's Oldest" structure.
#7 Posted by James on 21 Feb 2014 at 19:20 PM
At least we can rest soundly knowing that it will soon be another UK contribution to world signficant car parks; for countless future generations to enjoy and be proud of!
#8 Posted by Sven on 23 Feb 2014 at 22:07 PM
I took a run to see this building today. There are new buildings to the south (not that bad medium density housing) and it is close to the Forth and would have good views from its windows. It is a battered if attractive building. Surrounding it is ripe for development for mass development and a railway line. I actually cannot see why it could not be converted into flats.
#9 Posted by Sveight on 24 Feb 2014 at 12:08 PM
you prepared to put your own money into it ?
Michael Westwater
#10 Posted by Michael Westwater on 25 Feb 2014 at 09:35 AM
I'd encourage all with an interest in this to participate in a planning charrette for the area which begins tomorrow. All answers to the questions on this page will be explained at the charrette. Details at
Andrew Brown
#11 Posted by Andrew Brown on 6 Jun 2021 at 12:29 PM
Worked there in 1950s Hanging Lino,beach
at the back brings back memories

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