20 – 24 Kirk Wynd is a vacant property which was formerly known as Austin’s Sports Bar. With the assistance of a THI grant, the upper floors of the building awill be converted into residential use. This is the only THI grant funded project that is bringing vacant floor space back into use.
Externally, the upper floor windows will be reinstated to their original and traditional design. Repairs will be carried out to bring the building back into good condition and it will be redecorated.
What has been an empty property is now being converted into comfortable, attractive and well-design residential properties. Bringing this space back into use will help to enliven the town centre.
Little is known about the early history of this building, but it was built sometime in the early 19th century. The building has a prominent position on the corner of Kirk Wynd and Manse Place and frames the view of the Parish Church from Kirk Wynd. Early on, during the project works, a shop sign (fascia board) for ‘Shieling Steakhouse’ was uncovered (see image below).