Watch: Former flats being demolished so work can start on new North-east supermarket

Demolition work is under way on a block of flats to prepare the land for a new supermarket.

The former Kirkburn Mill site, in Peterhead, is being flattened so work can start on a new Aldi store.

The flats were previously branded an “eyesore”, with Aldi confirming it was planning to develop the ground in 2016.

The scheme will see two separate retail units created, as well as a car park with 150 spaces for shoppers.

Aldi first mooted plans for a supermarket in Peterhead a decade ago, but secured planning permission for the Kirkburn Mill site two years ago.

It is expected the store will create 30 jobs, and bring £2.5 million to the local economy once built, and is hoped to open at the end of this year.

An Aldi spokeswoman said: “Demolition work for our new store in Peterhead began this month, with construction to follow.

“We hope to open the store in winter this year.”

In a design statement submitted with their planning application, Steve Robb, the project’s principal planner, said the team visualised using granite salvaged from the site to minimise the visual impact of the development.

He said: “High level glazing and soft landscaping are also positioned on the Kirk Street elevation of the building to add visual interest and soften the store’s appearance from this edge of the site.”

Kirk Street, in Peterhead, which closed on Wednesday, will remain closed for another three weeks while the demolition work continues.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “The road will be closed for 28 days in the interest of public safety while demolition works take place to clear the site for a new supermarket.”