WORK is now underway for the new community hub in Abbeyview.

The new, much-needed modern facility will incorporate a range of services from Abbeyview Community Centre and the recently demolished Tryst Centre and place it at the centre of the community.

Funding of over £7.5m will see the former Local Office extended and reconfigured to transformed it into a more efficient community space. This state-of-the-art integrated facility will be better able to serve the community as a whole.

Councillor James Calder, Convener of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee, said: "We're delighted that this project is now underway.

“Integrating the complimentary services and activities into one building will help to retain a community identity within Abbeyview. This new space will allow for provision of adult education opportunities, address community food resilience and enhance mental and physical wellbeing provision.

"It will offer necessary, flexible childcare opportunities for the community in and around the Abbeyview Area."

Once completed this new facility will offer a reception area with dedicated interview space, a large multi-purpose activity space with linking fold doors to allow access to additional community space, a community function space to replace the existing community centre, a teaching kitchen to help teach food resilience by creating simple, fresh meals with affordable ingredients, a dedicated IT Suite which will allow teaching and confidence building in digital skills, a community space, with kitchen for use by community groups.

There will also be several smaller general use spaces, a storage for centre users and groups, separate security entrance for after school club with adaptations to better meet the needs and activities of the group, a secure garden and play area associated with the community space and new landscaping with space for community planting.