Property investor shares vision for £50m Kirkcaldy regeneration scheme

Tahir Ali

TAHIR Ali of property development and asset management firm Evergold, who bought The Postings Shopping Centre in Kirkcaldy from pension fund Columbia Threadneedle three years ago, has unveiled his vision for a £50 million residential regeneration scheme for the town centre gateway site.

Mr Ali plans to demolish the derelict shopping centre, which is said to have been ‘repeatedly ransacked and vandalised’ over recent months. To enable the demolition of the former Postings Shopping Centre, he has had to acquire other properties along the High Street over the past two years.

Once the demolition is complete the site will be sold to a developer who will bring forward a residential scheme comprising up to 300 flats interlinked with green walkways designed to encourage pedestrian movement to and from the High Street and featuring landscaped public spaces.

“No-one could have predicted how radically the world would change within a year of purchasing The Postings Shopping Centre at auction in 2019,” said Mr Ali. “Even though we had a number of exciting deals in the pipeline with an independent supermarket chain and state-of-the-art cinema operation in the former Tesco unit, the Covid pandemic put an abrupt end to those plans. This prompted us to reconsider the site with a fresh approach.

“Covid taught me the need to remain dynamic and flexible with property projects, and that agility, coupled with support from Fife Council and local councillors, has enabled us to radically rethink the proposition.

“Coupled with ongoing developments along the picturesque Esplanade and Merchants Quarter in Kirkcaldy town centre, our redevelopment in the heart of Kirkcaldy should help attract other investors to progress their own plans for restaurants, more national chains, cinemas, hotels and other potential developments that will help revitalise and regenerate the town centre and attract more people back to the area as a place to live, work and play.”

Mr Ali has been working with Greg Limb of Ryden on the regeneration scheme for over two years. Ryden has been advising on the best way forward for the project and dealing with interest which has already been expressed in the redevelopment proposals.