Black day for Lochgelly as Fife Council press ahead with park pavilions
February 2 2017
Approved plans for the £1.1m replacement visitor hub include a café, toilets and education suites to improve facilities for up to 600,000 people who visit the 1,200 acre park every year but far from providing a ‘welcoming gateway’ some have branded it a ‘Carbuncle’.
Tweeting his disapproval of the approved scheme Tom Kinnaird wrote: “Are these the ugliest, most expensive buildings in the UK? Save us from Fife Council please! These buildings must be Carbuncle Award winners. Not fit for Lochore Meadows Country Park.”
In promoting the scheme however Fife Council stated: “In terms of the statutory Local Plan, it is advocated that the proposed new park centre is, on balance, an appropriate development at this location, where the tangible benefits to the local economy outweigh any impact on the local landscape with the decision to build over the existing footprint.”
The low maintenance pavilions utilise a black cladding system evocative of coal mining undertaken in the area prior to land remediation work in the 1970s. Entrance spaces will be defined by projecting timber or composite panels.
The visitor centre will be joined by a sister sports pavilion costed at £670k, offering facilities for local golf and football clubs.
Protesters are holding out hope that they can prevent this golf pavilion from darkening their park at the eleventh hour
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