North-east council’s plan to build new HQ could be axed

Aberdeenshire Council is seeking to secure funds from a transport body to help improve cycling routes.
Aberdeenshire Council is seeking to secure funds from a transport body to help improve cycling routes.

A North-east authority looks poised to scrap plans to build new headquarters.

Aberdeenshire Council had been looking into the possibility of creating a new head office, which would see it move from Woodhill House in Aberdeen to Harlaw, Inverurie.

But, in a new report, councillors have been asked to approve an option for the local authority’s offices that would see a new agreement put in place at its current base.

It could potentially see shared ownership of the headquarters with other public sector partners including NHS Grampian.

The council had been looking to move its Aberdeen offices and those in Gordon House, Inverurie, to Harlaw Park – which is home to Highland League side Inverurie Locos.

If the option to retain Woodhill House is approved by elected members then the construction of a new headquarters would be taken off the table.

At the full council meeting next week, councillors will also be asked to approve plans to refurbish Inverurie Town Hall – which could include a service point and community space.

A new office could also be constructed at the former Ellon Academy annexe.

Aberdeenshire Council is the only local authority in Scotland to have its headquarters outside its own boundary.

The meeting will take place at Woodhill House on Thursday.

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