A project to transform an Aberdeenshire council building has been nominated for a design award despite concerns from local people.
Fraserburgh’s Town House in Saltoun Square will be transformed by Aberdeenshire Council into a new “face” for the authority in the community as part of a £5 million effort to regenerate the town centre.
However, it has been heavily criticised by locals and councillors since designs for the listed building were first unveiled in 2016.
It ultimately proved so divisive that George Esslemont, the former secretary of the community council, even resigned from his position in protest.
The row had erupted because designers Moxom Architects’ proposal includes decking an extension to the rear of the town house in rusted steel to act as a buffer to nearby homes. At the time, Mr
Esslemont said it was “taking away” from the traditional appearance of the building.
But the plan proved a hit with professionals who included it among candidates for World Architecture’s Civic Buildings Award.