Construction work set to commence at Peterhead’s Drummers Corner

Construction will start next week on the public realm project at Peterhead’s Drummers Corner.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 7:56 am
Construction work will begin at Drummers Corner next week to create a public space at the heart of the town.

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed that site set-up and groundworks are due to start on Monday, March 22, with project completion in July.

The decision to upgrade Drummers Corner was identified as a priority project as part of the Choose Peterhead initiative.

That process created and delivered a community vision and action plan for Peterhead town centre.

And as part of that vision, Drummers Corner will be re-landscaped to create a bustling, exciting public space in the heart of the town centre which will serve as a gathering place to host public performances and accommodate a programme of events.

Councillor Norman Smith, chair of the Buchan Area Committee and Peterhead Development Partnership, said: “The public realm project is much more than just a replacement ‘drum’.

"The revamped Drummers Corner will give local people and community groups a bookable performance space with a power supply and will open up Drummers Corner to a wide array of activities for all ages to enjoy.

“This will encourage more people to visit the town centre and support local shops and businesses and make the town centre a nicer place to visit.”

Vice-chair Cllr Dianne Beagrie added: “Visual artist Fergus Dunnet has created some stunning Peterhead-inspired glass artwork for the new public seating and glass panels on the new ‘Drum’.

"The bench panel designs use boats from different periods in our port’s rich history to explore the experience of living by the sea and the incredible endeavour of the people of Peterhead.

“Together with the installation of new public seating, paving, lighting and power supplies, these improvements will make a tremendous difference to our town centre for local residents, businesses and visitors alike.”

A Drummers Corner Events Group will be set up to manage bookings for the performance space.

If you are interested in becoming involved in looking after the space or booking the space for an event, initial enquiries are being invited via [email protected]