A COUNCIL has revealed the sites it rejected for its proposed new headquarters and other office facilities in the North-east.
Aberdeenshire councillors are being asked to approve plans to move from their headquarters at Woodhill House in Aberdeen and Gordon House in Inverurie to a new site at the town’s Harlaw Park – currently home to Highland League side Inverurie Locos.
The aim is smaller, more flexible and cheaper offices. And it has now also been revealed that Locos and Colony Park Football Club – whose ground lies next to Locos’ – can leave the site in summer 2019, in time for building work to start in October that year.
It’s estimated the creation of the new HQ will take two years to complete.
Aberdeenshire is the only local authority in Scotland to have its headquarters outside its boundary.
The local authority has said it has turned down the former Ellon Academy site for a headquarters. Part of the site has now been fully demolished.
The council has also opted against the potential to build on land across from its offices at Gordon House in Inverurie.
It also snubbed the opportunity of building rental outlets at Arnhall Business Park, Westhill and a development opportunity at Crichie.
A report to full council on Thursday states: “These options were considered but discounted as being unviable for various reasons, including land acquisition concerns, suitability of site location and potential planning difficulties.
“Officers had initially considered acquiring adjoining land to the east of the council depot at Harlaw, Inverurie.
“However, a consensus could not be reached on the terms to acquire the land.
“The alternative strategy then pursued has been to acquire Inverurie Locos Football Club ground which is surrounded by land owned by the council.
“If acquired, a large site could be assembled which would provide greater flexibility to include other public sector organisations and potentially commercial partners.”
Councillors will decide on the proposals at Woodhill House on Thursday.