Police Scotland service desk opens at Peterhead's Buchan House
Police Scotland is providing services from Peterhead’s Buchan House following completion of a £1.5million extension of the building.
Police services will be available via a new secure public counter to the left of the main entrance of the premises, on St Peter Street. The service desk area within the building remains closed for the meantime in line with national coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance.
Work to extend the Aberdeenshire Council office began in September last year and construction was halted at the end of March before resuming in June.
The two-storey extension provides dedicated accommodation for Police Scotland, along with shared office space for council and police colleagues to work alongside each other once the building fully reopens.
The plans were developed by Robertson Construction, which was appointed on a ‘design and build’ basis for the project.
The extension has been funded by Aberdeenshire Council and is being leased by Police Scotland, with the lower floor used by police officers and staff and the upper floor offering shared facilities. Permanent car parking space has been created on land currently used as overspill for the site.
With the police service desk now open, Buchan House itself otherwise remains closed to the public other than for appointment-based meetings for the registration of births and marriages.
Welcoming completion of the project, Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Jim Gifford said: “I’m very pleased to see our colleagues at Police Scotland moving into Buchan House.
“This has been an important project for Peterhead, and for Aberdeenshire Council and Police Scotland as a whole in terms of the benefits that co-location brings us as organisations.
“The challenges posed by coronavirus mean that we are not yet able to fully open the building to customers, but the new police service desk will provide safe, secure access to their essential services. Once national guidance allows, customers will be able to access a wide range of council and police services in a single, modern building that will serve the community for years to come.
“I’d like to thank everybody involved for their hard work in completing this project in the face of the challenges that currently face us all.”
Chief Superintendent George Macdonald said: “I am delighted to be able to mark our long-awaited move from Merchant Street Police Station to Buchan House today, where the local Community Policing Team will work alongside and integrate with Aberdeenshire Council.
"This project has been in the planning for many years now, and is a key milestone for Policing in Peterhead and the wider Buchan area.
“Collaborative working has always been a key feature of our relationship with Aberdeenshire Council – in 2015, a public services counter was officially launched at Buchan House by Police and partner agencies, where members of the public have been able to go for information and assistance. Since then, day-to-day interactions and close working relationships have been strengthened and this next step will allow us to further explore how we can work smarter and more closely together to deliver real benefits to the local community.
“It is absolutely fundamental to Police Scotland that local policing remains strongly rooted in our local communities, and that police officers and staff remain visible and accessible to the public that we serve. We look forward to establishing our new base in the heart of Peterhead.”