Council base to be built on St Peter Street

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Aberdeenshire Council’s new Peterhead base is to be built on the vacant St Peter Street site.

The £5 million facility will include council chambers and a customer service point.

It will also include office accommodation for around 190 staff, a conference room and a registrar office.

The site was approved by members of the Policy and Resources Committee at a meeting today (Thursday).

Other sites inclduing the vacant Kirkburn Mill site had been investigated.

Work on the St Peter Street site is due to begin in January 2014, with a target date for completion of March 2015.

In 2011, the council’s Office Accommodation Strategy recommended consolidating all council office facilities in Peterhead with the construction of a single building.

This will enable the release of offices, both owned and leased, which will generate significant savings for the council, along with the potential capital income from the disposal of the assets.

Relocating staff to one office also allows for the creation of a customer service point, which will act as a single access point for face-to-face contact with local people, and means the majority of enquiries can be resolved at the first point of contact.

Calls have been made to the local authority to ensure the existing council offices and facilities are not left to remain vacant and derelict once the new base is operational.

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