A new lease of life for Caley site

Peterhead councillor Alan Gardiner is working alongside Sandy Murray on the project
Peterhead councillor Alan Gardiner is working alongside Sandy Murray on the project

A derelict building in Peterhead has been given a new lease of life thanks to a funding package from Aberdeenshire Council.

Peterhead councillor Alan Gardiner, working alongside Sandy Murray, formerly of Tenants First Housing Co-operative, have been in talks in a bid to secure a future for the historic Caley buildings on the town’s Harbour Street.

The building is currently owned by Fulmor Ltd. They had planned to develop the site, but it was quickly established that it was not commercially viable. They have since maintained the property, keeping it wind and water tight.

The project already had support in principle from Historic Scotland, Scottish Government Housing Division and Langstane Housing Association.

Now, the final piece of funding has been secured with Aberdeenshire councillors approving a cash injection for the project at a meeting of the policy and resources committee last week.

The money means the building will be transformed into affordable housing, with the creation of 15 one-bedroom flats. A steel floor will be created at first floor level and the flats constructed on this.

The layout of the flats has been approved by Langstane Housing Association who it is intended will take over the delivery of the project now the funding has been secured.

Commenting on the development, Mr Murray told the Buchanie: “The total cost of this project is in the region of £1.7m and we are delighted to have achieved the final piece of funding from Aberdeenshire Council.

“Councillor Alan Gardiner and Rodger Morrison and Bill Fulton of Fulmor deserve credit, while local MSP Stewart Stevenson has also been extremely helpful.”

A delighted Cllr Gardiner said: “This has been an extremely long process and I’m really chuffed to see things come to fruition.

“It’s taken two years to get to this stage but it ticks all the boxes in that it fits in beautifully with the regeneration project and it provides affordable housing.”

On behalf of Fulmor, Mr Morrison added: “A big thank-you must go to Sandy Murray for bringing this project to a head and the local council for backing it. We look forward to seeing the building brought back to its former glory.”