Summary of Progress

dsc_4024We have just done a review of progress made since we set up Friends of Pilmuir Works.  

Although we still have a very long way to go, we have done quite a lot.

In summary:

  • July 2016
    OurLand Festival Fife had its finale in Dunfermline and the issue of the derelict Pilmuir Works was raised in discussion.
  • August 2016
    The owner of Pilmuir Works went into administration.
  • September 2016
    Friends of Pilmuir Works was set up by group of concerned local people. A Facebook page and website were created to reach out to the wider community. We made contact with various experts and bodies to begin to develop ideas and plans.
  • November 2016
    Friends of Pilmuir Works was formally constituted. Plans for public meeting were initiated with flyers and posters as well as online promotion.
  • December 2016
    Public meeting with over 80 in attendance. FoPW speakers and guest experts initiated discussion around options and examples.  Thereafter followed an ideas gathering session with high levels of engagement by the audience in both.
  • January 2017
    Planning meeting saw our activist base double and new sub-groups set up to deal with: (1) Funding & Legal, (2) Needs & Ideas, (3) Petitioning and (4) Communications. A site visit allowed us to see Pilmuir Works in great detail and better understand both the levels of dereliction and potential for different areas.  Fundraising activities were initiated.
  • February 2017
    Development of funding applications have been progressed. There have been further contact and meetings with advisers, agencies and others to further advance our plans.

A Visit to the Archives

by Grant Buttars

Fife Council Archives hold Dean of Guild (forerunner to Building Control) drawings relating to Pilmuir Works.  Studying them reveals not only more information about the history of the site but also the flexibility of the building design.

Most of the drawings are by architect  T. Hyslop Ure (or others in his office) and date from the 1890s.  They are predominantly concerned with the last big expansion on site, pushing the footprint southwards to meet the railway line.  Three major elements of this are shaded pink below. The red line denotes buildings demolished to allow this to happen.

Detail showing site extension

In terms of understanding how the building is constructed, there are ‘sections’ which show this detail.

Section through Pilmuir Street extension


Section through southern range

These are just a small selection of the drawings in the archives.  Overall, they are going to be very useful as we go forward.