Approval sought for new council HQ

St Peter Street parking
St Peter Street parking

Aberdeenshire Council’s plans for a new HQ in Peterhead will go before members of the Buchan area committee on Tuesday.

Full planning consent is being sought for the erection of an office building including committee facilities, marriage suites and council service offices with associated car parking and landscaping on the former St. Peter Street flats site.

The proposal aims to bring together staff from different council services currently located in several existing offices within Peterhead to a single service point. As well as office accommodation for employees, the new development is designed as a civic building that will have spaces for committee meetings,marriage suites and other ancillary functions.

Aside from the building, other elements shown as part of this proposal are car parking for 70 cars (including three disabled) and motorcycles within the main site.

The development comprises a two-wing, two-storey building with circular feature on the most prominent position within the site.

The proposal is of a scale to make it recognisable as a civic building and is designed to have a relatively contemporary feel in terms of the size and pattern of fenestration, entrance canopy, roof and guttering detail.

In a report to go before today’s meeting, planning director Stephen Archer, says: “This proposal represents a significant change, with the co-location of council officers within central Peterhead, opportunities for more efficient service delivery and collaborative working.

“The ability to provide these benefits from a bespoke and purpose-built new civic building that will replace an underused piece of land is seen as a positive outcome.

“The proposal has been subject to a considerable amount of discussion within the Council, with key stakeholders and with design experts,” he adds.