We are delighted to see further progress on the development at The Linen Quarter, Dunfermline for Byzantian Developments Ltd. The Grade-A listed former Pilmuir Works saw two of the phases being completed and handed over to the client.

The Depot (phase 1) included 37 residential 1 bed, 2 bed and 3 bed apartments along with ground floor commercial units split over three, four and six storeys. The new build element incorporated façade retention with the original external stone wall retained and re-used over ground and first floors, with a new build element above distinguished with a new zinc façade.

The Foundry was a seven-storey development providing sixty-six two bedroomed mid-market rent homes for a local housing association, constructed using light gauge steel framing.

e overall development is benefitting from joining Dunfermline’s pioneering district heating system and those living in the development will benefit from heating that is primarily sourced from 100% local green energy.

We’re delighted to have been involved with this project and look forward to completing phase 3, the conversion of the existing linen factory building to provide a further 27 residential units, with 9 having been completed and handed over in May 2021.

Dan Multon, Director with Byzantian Developments Ltd said: “This is a milestone moment for The Linen Quarter and a clear indicator that Scotland is moving to renewable energy sources. The benefits of this scheme are substantial, for residents, the environment and the wider Fife economy. It demonstrates that The Linen Quarter is something different, the regeneration of Scotland’s industrial heritage and the movement towards carbon neutral development, a first for private residential development in Scotland.”

Adrian Wishart, Associate of jmarchitects said:When we spoke to the community about our initial designs, we heard that Pilmuir Works meant a great deal to so many people from Dunfermline. It had been an important workplace and destination and older generations remembered fondly going to functions with family and friends in the ballroom. Sadly, the buildings had been left neglected for a number of years by previous owners and fallen into a serious state of disrepair. With boarded up windows and trees growing through fallen in roofs, Pilmuir Works had become an unhappy reminder to the locals along a busy route near the centre of town. They were very keen to see if something could be done to save this historic landmark.

It is great to play our part and see our initial ideas and design sketches turn into reality. It has been a rewarding experience weaving new residential extensions and buildings into the key historic features of the site and imagining how this could become a revitalised urban quarter. We’ve been able to witness first-hand the incredible transformation of the derelict linen factory into a vibrant new mixed-use residential community. I would like to commend the vision of our client Byzantian Developments Ltd, their team and determination to take on this epic project and see it through which has been no mean feat.”

Photography Credit: Cadzow Pelosi

Credit: Graham Barr, jmarchitects Edinburgh

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