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Plans for new look Fraser Avenue unveiled

How the first phase of the £26 million development will look
How the first phase of the £26 million development will look

Architects have revealed how the revamped £26 million Fraser Avenue in Inverkeithing will look.

The blighted Fife street will be demolished by the end of the year and rebuilt to offer modern homes for social tenants.

Edinburgh-based architects 7N have come up with a contemporary design to replace the rows of undesirable six-in-a-block tenements.

The new street will be less cramped, with the existing 236 flats replaced with 189 homes once all three phases of the development are complete around March 2018.

Three shop units are included in the plans.

The initial phase will see work on the first 53 homes get underway once the old blocks are razed to the ground.

Kingdom Housing Association has been working with Fife Council on the regeneration of the area.

Scott Kirkpatrick, head of development at Kingdom, said: “The proposals aim to transform the area by creating a new housing development that integrates fully with the wider area.

“The total development cost, for all phases to create 189 homes, will be around £26m, which represents a significant investment in the area.

“Approximately £3.9m will be provided to Kingdom as grant subsidy from the Scottish Government and Fife Council to help fund the first phase of the project.”

Architects took inspiration from Sir Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City Movement, which influenced building in Rosyth.

In the early 1900s, Sir Edward highlighted the importance of private gardens and healthy surroundings.

Robin Livingstone, associate architect at 7N Architects, said: “The area will have a distinctive new identity for the area, but the use of a limited palette of brick colours links in to the surrounding area of 1930s housing at Spittalfield to the west and 1980s housing at Spencerfield to the east.”

Rankin Fraser Landscape Architecture and Scott Bennett Associates helped draw up plans for public spaces.

Mr Livingstone added: “It is hoped that through a considered design approach where the relationship between the design of the new houses, the choice and use of materials, the integration of landscaping to streets and open space and the connection to sunlight and views, will all contribute to an enhanced sense of community, where residents take ownership of their built environment.”

Elspeth Lang, senior development services officer at Kingdom, said: “The works on phase one are programmed to start on site towards the end of this year, when the demolition of the existing flats is completed.

“In addition to the new housing it is intended to incorporate a number of community initiatives into the contract, including employment and training initiatives and integrated public art work.”

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