£5.5 million council HQ plan for flats site

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Aberdeenshire Council has announced plans to turn a Peterhead car park into its new headquarters.

The local authority has been trying to sell the land at St Peter Street for the past two years but it has attracted “limited interest” prompting the latest bid to transform the site.

A report was presented to the Buchan Area Committee last Thursday, outlining proposals to build an office block with the possibility of new shops underneath.

Details appear in a report which indicates the closure of a number of council buildings in Peterhead and the surrounding area and the relocation of staff to the new building.

The report states: “An option appraisal exercise has been undertaken to review office accommodation in Peterhead. The preferred option is a new build incorporating chambers and a customer service point. It is proposed that this will be a mixed use development to provide quality accommodation with the aim of attracting major retailers to the town.”

The council says the new building, which will cost an estimated £5,473,000 will reduce annual operational costs by more than £300,000.

The council’s head of property and facilities management Andrew Whyte said: “This is a great opportunity for various council offices to merge into one provide a better customer based service for members of the public.”

“While plans are in very early stages, we are confident that we can get some retail units into the new building on St Peter Street in the future”.

Councillors gave their backing to the project, agreeing that the sooner building work is started, the better.

Central Buchan councillor Peter Chapman said: “This is long overdue. This will save a considerable amount of money. Let’s make some progress.”

Peterhead South and Cruden Bay Councillor Stephen Smith gave his backing but said no definite starting date had been decided for the project.

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