Lochgelly – St Andrew’s Church
FHBT’s on-going project with Fife Council at St Andrew’s Church in Lochgelly was identified through a ‘charrette’ exercise sponsored by Scottish Government that gave local people an opportunity to participate in a discussion about how physical, social and economic sustainability might be achieved. The project seeks to tackle issues of health and wellbeing through the adaptation of the church to create a climbing and bouldering centre.
Throughout 2017 we have been working with ECD Architects and John Smart & Son main contractors on a £ 736k project to repair the church and make it ready for bouldering walls. A second phase will see the construction of an extension for climbing walls that will accommodate competition-level events and attract visitors from across Scotland. The proposed new Fife Regional Climbing Centre will be managed by social enterprise Rockgelly on completion – we hope in late 2018 / early 2019.
The project demonstrates how heritage can contribute to social and economic improvements in communities as part of a partnership approach. Funded by the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grants Fund and by Fife Council, it contributed – alongside the efforts of local people and partner organisations over many years – to Lochgelly’s success in being named “Scotland’s Most Improved Town” at the SURF awards in 2016.
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