Work to convert a Kirkcaldy landmark has started following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Kingdom Housing Association has started renovation work on Hunter House, a Category B listed building in the town centre.
The currently unoccupied site will be developed into five self-contained apartments with two common areas to provide support for tenants.
It will help support the Rapid Rehousing Strategy in Fife.
Originally known as St Brycedale House, the building dates from 1785 and was acquired by local cabinet maker and builder John Hunter in 1886.
He left the property in trust to be converted into a hospital.
Hunter Hospital was in operation until its closure in 1992.
After sitting empty for a number of years, and following conversion and new build work, it was renamed Hunter House.
Bill Banks, Kingdom Group chief executive, said: “This iconic building in Kirkcaldy has had several custodians over the years including Fife and Viewpoint Housing Associations, who redeveloped and still own and manage the affordable housing newbuild wings of the building.
“In recent years it has been difficult to find a use for this listed building and therefore there have been various short term lease occupiers, or it has been unoccupied.
“After extensive consultation with local residents I’m very happy that we’ll be able to open the doors to new residents next year.”
The total price tag for the project is around £850,000, with £400,000 coming from the Scottish Government and Fife Council.
The conversion works were designed by Bracewell Stirling Consultants and are being undertaken for Kingdom by Campion Homes.