THE end of an era is coming for a Dunfermline nightclub building as it looks set to become flats.

The owners of Johnson’s called it quits in 2017 and a bid for the site was accepted in September last year.

The property, 6-8 Pilmuir Street, was bought alongside the double upper flat at number 10, the ground-floor store at 12 and the shop at 14.

The parking area to the rear of the buildings – with access off Carnegie Drive – was also included in the sale.

It had had been on the market for offers over £650,000 and an application has now been submitted to Fife Council for 6-8 Pilmuir Street to be transformed into seven flats.

Known affectionately by West Fifers of a certain age as ‘Jiggies’, the nightclub was an institution of Dunfermline’s nightlife for decades.

Ramesh Jangili, of IFA Homes, based in Reading, now plans to create two one-bedroom apartments, four two-beds and one three-bed on the first and second floors.

The grade C-listed building had been listed by online Edinburgh-based Amazing Results Estates Agents, who described the site as one that “cannot fail to impress” and said that the site was “suitable for a variety of uses and the perfect location for potential residential, commercial and/or leisure opportunities”.

In a statement provided by Dunfermline-based Fine Designs Architecture, on behalf of Mr Jangili, the firm outlined the strategy for the project.

It stated: “The existing elevations are to be retained and the proposed apartment layouts are designed with the existing window locations in mind.

“(The plans is to) Remove the existing nightclub-access stair and retain the existing main stair and make accessible once more from the ground level. The main stair will once again access all levels. Enlarge the existing nightclub entrance on the south elevation as this will be the formal entrance to the apartments.

“The rear dormers on the second floor are to be increased in width and depth. Windows to be added to the north elevation only.

“The existing car park to have spaces added and set out accordingly.”

The planning application shows two additional parking spaces will be created, taking the total to nine.

The former Women’s Institute building, 6-8 Pilmuir Street, was built in 1912 and funded by the Carnegie Trust.

It later became a youth centre and then, in 1980, became a nightclub on the first and second floors, with the amusement arcade on the ground floor.

The building is currently subdivided between the nightclub on the upper levels from the amusement arcade located on the ground level.

The existing accommodation space is spread over four levels, ground, mezzanine, first and second floor level.

The current double-height spaces on the ground floor will be retained and are not part of the development.