Designs for Peterhead's Drummers Corner unveiled as part of town's ongoing regeneration efforts

Designs have been released showing what will be done to improve a key public space in the centre of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire’s biggest town.  

They have been worked up with involvement from the local community to try to ensure the plans meet the town’s needs.

The revamp of Drummers Corner will support the town prosper as a key town centre destination, as part of a wider regeneration programme ongoing in four of the area’s northern towns.  

Designs include an improved Drum shelter, in accordance with the principles laid down by the public during the Choose Peterhead design workshops. 

These have now been developed in detail by the landscape architects, TGP Landscape Design, in consultation with Buchan councillors, Peterhead Community Council, Light Up Peterhead, Rediscover Peterhead and Peterhead Scottish Week. 

Councillor Norman Smith, Chair of the Buchan Area Committee and the Peterhead Development Partnership, said: “It has been a long process, but it was important to get this design right and create a public space Peterhead can be proud of. 

“As the designs developed, it became clear the Drum was really important to everyone, so we pushed for a more creative design. We’re very happy with what’s proposed and look forward to the work starting.”

Rediscover Peterhead chair, John Pascoe, said “This is a bold design that will improve the function of this space for businesses in the town and for the community – it’s a welcome development for Peterhead”

The designs include improved lighting, making the area more inviting in the evening, and new seating, focussed on the Drum as a performance space. 

Materials to be used include toughened glass to provide added shelter in the Drum, which will also be replicated in the seating, giving the space a modern look and feel. 

A budget has been agreed by Aberdeenshire Council through the Peterhead Development Partnership Vision and Action Plan to deliver the designs. 

Works will go out to tender in October, with work expected to take place in the New Year. It is expected to be complete by spring 2019.