Construction work to refurbish and extend Aberdeenshire Council’s Viewmount office in Stonehaven is to begin next Monday (Mon, Jun 3).
Temporary arrangements for staff and customers are being put in place while the first phase of the project, running until November, gets underway – although services will continue to be provided from the office.
The work is being led by Morrison Construction and the first phase will focus on the front section of the building, including refurbishment of the council chamber.
As a result, parking will be unavailable to staff and visitors at Viewmount, other than a very small number of spaces for customers with mobility difficulties.
Access to Viewmount by foot will remain available, and visitors should follow the signed route to the temporary entrance at the site of the building; the same entrance used to access the Registrar’s Service.
Customers will still be able to request National Entitlement Cards and bus passes at the temporary reception, as well as pick up food waste bags and caddies.
It will not be possible to reach Arduthie School via the Viewmount car park while the work is taking place. The school should be accessed via Arduthie Road, Queen’s Road, or Evan Street for the meantime.
It is expected that the first phase of the project will be complete by November this year, and the second phase of the project by late summer next year.
Acting Kincardine & Mearns Area Manager Bruce Stewart said: “This is an extensive project that will thoroughly refurbish and modernise Viewmount and make it fit for the future.
“Along with our contractor, we are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum, so we would thank customers in advance for their patience while this important work is taking place.”
The project is part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Office Space Strategy, under which key aspects of the plans for Stonehaven were agreed in February.