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Kirkcaldy

Fife Historic Buildings Trust received funding from Historic Scotland via Kirkcaldy CARS to carry out external repairs to the derelict Esplanade building behind the Co-op funeral parlour.  Accessed from the High Street down Adam Smith Close, this C-listed 18th-century building is significant as it is a rare surviving example of a rigg building - a type once prevalent within the riggs, extending from the rear of the buildings fronting Kirkcaldy High Street to the seafront - and long understood to be on the site of Adam Smith's birthplace.

We have completed two contracts on the building:

- external repairs to ensure it is wind- and water-tight, removing immediate risks to the building and saving it from dereliction

- installation of mains service infrastructure, bringing water, gas, electricity and telecomms connections to the building.

The building has now been sold to the Adam Smith Global Foundation, who are completing the project, including full internal fit-out, to house their Adam Smith Visitor Centre.  Once fully restored, the first floor of the building will provide office space for the Adam Smith Global Foundation and incubation space for new businesses and social enterprises. The ground floor will become a multi-functional space which will include the Adam Smith Exhibition and Visitor Experience that will also be used to support the Foundation's wider aims including research, education, employability, regeneration, partnership and a hub for the growing events programme.

We are very grateful to the Coastal Communities Fund for their support of this project, along with generous grants from Fife Council and Fife Environment Trust. The Adam Smith Global Foundation is grateful to its many supporters for their donations to this project.