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Sea is key for Cadell2's Kirkcaldy


The Scottish town of Kirkcaldy is set to rediscover its seafront as the primary element in a major redevelopment plan drawn up by Cadell2.

The husband and wife team, both former directors at Edward Cullinan Architects, has produced a vision for the Fife town that will guide development over the next 15 years.

Their urban design framework, with landscaping by Gross Max, contains four key proposals. It turns the town back to the sea, reintroduces permeability with a cross-town route, creates a cultural campus and regenerates the old harbourside.

Fife council has now created a regeneration company to deliver the £31 million vision, which will begin preparing a series of competitions to find architects for each project.

Volunteers'Green (circled left on overview), the existing gateway into town from the waterfront, has been a key civic space since the 10th century.The plan aims to bring the green back into use by surrounding it with buildings to create a sense of enclosure and revitalise the space.This area - which will become a £12 million cultural campus complete with a new library, an art gallery to house the town's impressive Peploe collection, and a new swimming pool - will be one of the first to be implemented.

Known as the 'Lang Toun' for its long seafront, Kirkcaldy has turned its back in recent years on its mile-long seafront.Cadell2's vision reduces the four-lane highway bordering the waterfront to just two lanes, creates a new promenade, and switches around the buildings along the road's edge so they face the sea.

By making the waterfront the new face for the town, it hopes to draw in some of the 250,000 visitors who drive each year along Fife's east coast tourist route.

Port Brae, the redundant harbour area and dock at the northeastern edge of the town, will be regenerated as a series of residential-led mixeduse projects.

Ill-considered development in the 1970s and 1980s created a series of barriers to movement across town.To overcome this, the plan creates a green corridor running diagonally, which ties together the train station and Memorial Gardens in the north-west of the town with the high street, main town square and bus station in the southeast.This landscaped route continues with the creation of a new connecting road to the seafront.

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