Work looks set to begin, at last, on renovating the Chapel Street flats in Peterhead.
The project, which would involve transforming the flats at 16-24 Chapel Street into a hotel, won planning permission last month and it is thought that work to transform the building could start within weeks.
The application was submitted by Blackbridge Limited on behalf of Grampian Design Associated, an Aberdeen-based firm.
The Buchanie has learned that developers at the site are due to start preliminary work within the next three weeks before applying to Aberdeenshire Council for a building warrant.
The site lies within Peterhead town centre with the front of the building facing the pedestrianised area of Chapel Street. Vehicular access and parking spaces for the proposed hotel are available to the rear of the property.
Commenting, Councillor Alan Gardiner said: “I have been liaising with the agent regarding a start date. They have planning permission at present but not a building warrant.
“I have been given assurances that the project will proceed and the developers will be going into the building within the next 2-3 weeks to do a clean up and make the building safe so they can do more surveys on how to refurbish the building.
“Once they have carried out internal surveys, they are going to apply for a building warrant.
“Hopefully we are well on our way to seeing the end of the scaffolding on Chapel Street. I have been working with the Alliance on Aberdeenshire Council towards the regeneration of Peterhead.
“Seeing the Chapel Street flats enhanced and finished will be a major start to the regeneration programme. Having a major brand will hopefully be a catalyst to attract other brands into the town,” he added.