All this week (1-7 August) there is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the shaping the future of one of the jewels in Dunfermline’s architectural crown. For almost 500 years Pittencrieff House has enjoyed a commanding position, enjoying views of the sweeping south lawn of the Glen and to the Forth Valley beyond. Historically significant, it was once the home of the Forbes family, in particular the high achieving
Among Dunfermline’s several pockets of impressive period houses, such as Park Avenue, Transy and Garvock, one area often overlooked is Pilmuir Street. The street, which runs north from the town centre right up to Queen Anne High School on the town’s perimeter, features on its east side handsome terraced villas with large west-facing bay windows. A little faded and rather out of favour for some years, these elegant houses have
The term ‘ideal first home’ suggests something petite and manageable, perhaps a one bed flat in a new build block. First timers Katie and Ryan however have gone for something much more ambitious – and more splendid! – plunging into a back-to-the-bare-bones renovation of a dilapidated, stone built Edwardian end terrace in central Dunfermline. When they moved in, in the summer of 2020, the house had not been lived in
If there is a supplier of more dramatic or better styled floristry in Fife than Tupelo Tree, we haven’t come across it. Now this ethically minded, woman owned business is set to grow as it opens a new online shop where you can buy an amazing range of dried flora and fauna. Everything is foraged and gathered locally, packaged and posted in natural paper, paper tape and long cardboard boxes
The period features police assume that older houses with their high ceilings, original fireplaces and sash & case windows are the only way to create good interior design. Yet many of us live in new houses in modern estates. We enjoy the easy functionality that experienced developers bring to our lives. And, while there may be no cornicing or ceiling roses that doesn’t mean the design has to be minimal;
Design Dunfermline 2018, 25-29 April The forthcoming Design Dunfermline 2018, a four day community event to come up with a shared vision for Dunfermline’s town centre, has, like many things in Dunfermline, provoked two reactions. For the most part, the response is very positive and the Design Dunfermline team is pleased to report the bookings for free places at the event have been busy. Then, there’s the other reaction, from
The latest event in the Blueprint Dunfermline programme, which celebrates the built environment of Dunfermline and West Fife, gives Dunfermline residents the opportunity to put forward their ideas for structural changes to the town’s High Street. Jointly hosted by Avocado Sweet and local architectural firm Sam Foster Architects, the ‘architectural drop-in’ event, will take place on 7 and 8 October in the Community Gallery at the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.
Don Carter, the Director of Urban Design at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is coming to Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline to speak on ‘Extraordinary Coincidences: Pittsburgh/Dunfermline’. The American architect and urban designer, whose grandfather was a coal miner from Ballingry, will be joined by Lord Bruce who will be speaking on Dunfermline’s urban planning and its regional and global links. 7pm Wednesday 20 September 2017, Fire Station Creative, Carnegie
Four days, eleven venues and over fifty talented performers including acclaimed artists, writers, comedians and musicians: Avocado Sweet, along with Dunfermline Delivers, Fire Station Creative and Caroline Copeland, are very proud to be one of the founding partners of an exciting new cultural event coming to Dunfermline in September. Outwith Festival will include a major new art work, a book launch, readings by authors and playwrights, cutting edge comedy and improvised theatre.
Five architects have been shortlisted to transform Perth City Hall in St John’s Square by Perth & Kinross Council. By the end of 2017, one of the five companies will be chosen to proceed with the £20 million transformation. After Historic Scotland blocked demolition to make way for a city centre plaza, attempts to transform the building into an indoor market hall were also rejected, and, in 2016, Perth and