Work to start on new Buchan council HQ

An artist's impression of the new Peterhead council base on St Peter Street

An artist's impression of the new Peterhead council base on St Peter Street

Construction work will begin on Monday (April 21) on the new council headquarters for Buchan in the centre of Peterhead.

The area headquarters, with a working name of Buchan House, will transform a derelict and brownfield site at St Peter Street.

Aberdeenshire Council awarded the £5million contract to Robertson Construction Ltd following a competitive tender exercise.

The building is part of the Council’s workSPACE programme, rationalising office space and creating new purpose built modern facilities fit for the 21st century, locating council services in a single site.

The offices will create a single point of contact for all customer activity in Peterhead, ensuring customer enquiries are dealt with at first point of contact.

They will provide accommodation for up to 200 staff, a committee room which can also be used as a large marriage room, the area manager’s office, registrar, small meeting rooms and interview rooms as well as public and staff parking, including bicycle storage lockers.

The new offices will use the latest technology for heating and power, to ensure the building meets the highest standards in energy efficiency.

A biomass heating plant and photovoltaic roof panels are incorporated, significantly reducing the running costs of the building in comparison to the existing buildings.

Once completed, the council will release nine buildings currently occupied by council services in and around Peterhead, including Arbuthnot House, which will be marketed from May.

The new offices are expected to realise savings to the council of around £378,000 a year on running costs of both owned and leased properties.

Additional income will be generated by the disposal of the existing buildings.

Buchan Area Committee chairman, Stuart Pratt, said: “It’s important the council invests in modern, energy efficient buildings, but it’s also about the service we provide to local people and the impact we have on our towns.

“We are working to improve the future of Peterhead town centre and I hope the council demonstrating its commitment will act as a catalyst for regeneration plans.

“I look forward to seeing a much improved customer experience in a better environment at the new area headquarters.”

Over the past three years, the land at St Peter Street being used for the new area headquarters has been a temporary car park, which will close in advance on Monday, April 21.




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