Hawklaw Intercept "Y" Listening Station (Former), Hawklaw

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General Details and Location

Name of Building
Hawklaw Intercept "Y" Listening Station (Former)
Other Name(s)
Post Office Sorting Office
Planning Authority
Divisional Area
Reference No
Listing Category
OS Grid Ref
NO 3780 1574
Location Type
HS Reference No


Single storey building with flat, felt roof. Metal casement windows in Art Deco style.

Operationally active by 1942, Hawklaw was one of a number of Y listening stations run by The Foreign Office and wartime intelligence services, gathering the raw material for the code breakers at Bletchley Park. At the end of the war the station became a GCHQ controlled Y station, masquerading as a long distance radio station. It continued to intercept messages, primarily in the Eastern Block, until becoming obsolete with the widespread use of satellites and decommissioned in 1988. (6a Architects 1939-2007 Historical Report on Hawklaw, Cupar).
Building Dates

Category of Risk and Development History

Category of Risk
Exemptions to State of Risk
Building to right hand side is occupied and not at risk.
Field Visits
11/6/2019, 05/09/2007, 14/01/2011, 12/6/2014
Development History
September 2007: External inspection shows the building to be in a fair condition. SCT understands that there have been plans in the past to convert the building into residential use, but it has been vacant for some time and its future is uncertain.
July 2008: 6a Architects contact SCT to advise planning permission is shortly to be lodged for conversion to residential use.
August 2008: Full planning permission is sought for restoration, conversion and alterations to former GCHQ wireless telegraphy station to form 9 residential units. Ref: 08/02149/EFULL
September 2008: SCT welcomes the application as an exemplar for high quality, creative reuse of a redundant building. The submitted application seeks to retain the majority of the existing building fabric and is felt to demonstrate an excellent understanding of the existing building and its character.
January 2009: Fife Developement Committee approve the conversion plans for Hawklaw.
January 2011: External inspection finds no significant change in condition since the last site visit. The property continues to deteriorate and is a cause for concern.
18 September 2012: The former listening station has been placed on the market for sale with full planning permission for 9 units, through Shapes Property Auctions at a guide price of £150,000.
15 July 2013: The new owners of the building advise they have purchased the site with the intention of converting to a single dwelling.
26 March 2014: Scottish Civic Trust advise the new owners are exploring options for the re-use of buildings on the site with their appointed architects.
12 June 2014: External inspection finds the building remains in much the same condition as seen previously.
11 June 2019: External inspection finds the building remains in much the same condition as seen previously. Risk level reduced to Moderate as the building appears to be watertight and secured.

Guides to Development

Conservation Area
Planning Authority Contact
PAC Telephone Number
03451 555 555 ext 476998


Current Availability
Not Available
Appointed Agents
Occupancy Type
Present/Former Uses
Name of Owners
Type of Ownership

Information Services

Additional Contacts/Information Source
Smith, M (1998 ) Station X, the codebreakers of Bletchley Park, London, 59. 6a Architects, 1939-2007 Historial Report on Hawklaw (2007)
Online Resources
Military Installations
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