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Work underway at new council HQ site

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Construction work has begun on the site of the new council headquarters in the heart of Peterhead.

Buchan House, due to be completed in 12 months, is being built on the derelict site at the south end of St Peter Street.

The facility will bring together Aberdeenshire Council staff who are currently spread across nine offices in the town and provide a point of contact for the public.

Aberdeenshire provost Jill Webster, who broke ground at the site last week, said: “This is a very auspicious day for the council and the town.

“It’s going to transform a derelict site in Peterhead and I look forward to seeing it develop over the following months.

“It is also a very important milestone for council’s regeneration plan for Peterhead.”

Buchan House will have office space for up to 200 staff as well as a committee and marriage room, the area manager’s office, registrar as well as public and staff toilets and parking.

The provost added: “This is one of the most significant developments in Peterhead for many years.”

Renewable energy sources including solar panels and a biomass heat plant are being installed, significantly reducing the running costs of the facility.

The local authority estimates the new offices will save nearly £380,000 per year in running costs against the existing offices.

The Broad Street offices set to be vacated by the council will also be put up for sale.

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.

The leader of the council Jim Gifford called the project ‘an important element of the council’s wider regeneration strategy.’

The site at St Peter Street has been used as a temporary car park. This has now closed.

 

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