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28th August 2014
Published by: Dunfermline Press

Hardies report flurry of lets

Positive time in commercial property as we approach crucial autumn to Christmas period

THE commercial property department of Hardies Property & Construction Consultants is as busy as ever, reporting encouraging signs in the sector, with a recent flurry of lets, heads of terms issued and new properties coming to market.

“It’s all very positive,” said consultant Ken Young, “and a welcome sign indeed that the Kingdom’s commercial market is well and truly recovered.

“This is a key time for businesses who want to get settled into new premises in plenty of time for Christmas trading or to make an impact before the end of the financial year next spring. They have to get moving now!”

Ken added, A well-known landmark in the town is now under offer. The former Cottage Inn on Aberdour Road, which was split into two premises last year, has had an offer received for the second part of the building from Paints Trades Ltd, a paint shop currently trading in one of the industrial estates but keen to secure a more central retail location.

“They are hoping to join Inglis Vets, who have established the Pets Wellness Centre in the other half of the building.

“Planning for a change of use will happen over the next few months as this part of the building had planning for restaurant use.”

South Fod Farm at Linburn, which comprises land and a Georgian-style farmhouse, is now also under offer. At Wymet House, in Dunfermline’s New Row, Hardies has let an office to a firm of physiotherapists with the upper part of the building going to well-known fashion boutique Maggie’s Farm, which is establishing an online shop.

“A number of heads of terms proposals have been issued for offices throughout Fife, including several in the Elgin Industrial Estate, and in Glenrothes, where Hydrasphere Ltd have taken a 1200 sq ft unit,” added Ken.

Properties coming onto the Hardies portfolio include a bakery business in Aberdour, nursery premises in Canmore Street, Dunfermline; Ricks Fast Food outlet in Hospital Hill, Dunfermline; and a gym in Cowdenbeath.

At 43 East Port the corner office is for sale. “Planning permission is in place here for conversion into flats,” said Ken, “so this is an exciting opportunity for a developer.”

Other development sites Hardies are handling include the old Stephens Bakery in Monastery Street, Dunfermline, and a development site in Rumblingwell which has planning for 24 flats and 14 houses. Former bank premises in Kinross High Street are also available, with plenty of car parking to the rear of the building.

“This would make an ideal office for a firm of solicitors perhaps,” said Ken. “We are expecting a great deal of interest as it’s a very central location too.”

Dunfermline’s Chalmers Street is welcoming back the original Serena restaurant which is re-opening under the stewardship of Balgit Singh.

“It’s great news to see Serena back in Chalmers Street and we wish them all the very best,” said Ken.

For further details on any commercial property issues plus a full list of properties available for sale or let please check out Hardies’ website at

With 100 years of experience behind them in a wide range of property and construction related issues, such as property development, property valuation, building and quantity surveying, project management, leasing and sale of commercial and industrial buildings, CDM co-ordination and the provision of Energy Performance Certificates, the firm is more than happy to provide initial advice to prospective clients.

Give the Dunfermline office a call (01383 731841) and Ken and his team will be delighted to assist.

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