Masterplan team wants town to get snapping for milestone

Westshore Gardens, a key element in the Fraserburgh Masterplan and a development by Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership which recently won architects Halliday Fraser Munro a national Homes for Scotland Quality award in the Sustainable Design category
Westshore Gardens, a key element in the Fraserburgh Masterplan and a development by Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership which recently won architects Halliday Fraser Munro a national Homes for Scotland Quality award in the Sustainable Design category

Budding photographers in the Broch are being invited to take part in an exhibition to mark a milestone in the town’s regeneration.

The organisations involved in the Fraserburgh Masterplan regeneration project, Aberdeenshire Council, the Scottish Government, Langstane Housing Association and Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership, want to celebrate the achievements with the local community.

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They want pictures of the new developments in Fraserburgh taken through local lenses to sit alongside images of the town prior to the regeneration work taken by local young people.

To mark the end of phase one of the plan, all of the photos will form part of a visual presentation on aspects of the project at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.

The exhibition will take place over the weekend of June 25-27, when the museum and Fraserburgh Heritage Centre are both being sponsored to allow free entry.

It is hoped this will help ensure everyone has an opportunity to visit the exhibition as well as enjoy the great attractions on their doorstep.

Due to time and space constraints, only digital photos can be accepted and the closing date for entries is Monday, June 20.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, Peter Argyle, said: “The council has maintained its support for the Masterplan throughout and it’s appropriate to acknowledge the milestone that’s been reached by involving the wider community.

“Even though it’s not a competition and there won’t be prizes, it’s a fun opportunity for everyone to be involved and have their photographic abilities seen more widely than just family and friends.

“It’s not just for professionals or serious amateurs but will feature as many contributions as possible.”

Fraserburgh Development Trust has agreed to look after entries, which can be emailed to office@fraserburghdevelopmenttrust.org or on CD/DVD to their office at 58a High Street.

Copies rather than originals should be submitted because the Trust will not be able to return them. For further details call the Trust on (01346) 510513.

The exhibition will also feature a retrospective of the highly acclaimed ‘1001 Views of Kinnaird Head’ by pupils at Fraserburgh Academy.

Members of the Masterplan team viewed these images some time ago and felt they captured the spirit of the area and would provide an excellent backdrop to newer images associated with the Masterplan regeneration.

An event will also be held on Monday, June 27 for invited guests who have contributed to the project, marking the end of phase one.

It has seen more than £15 million invested in housing at Denmark Street and Westshore Gardens, as well as environmental improvements like the coastal path and landscaping the shoreline.

Chairman of the council’s social work and housing committee, Gurudeo Saluja, said: “Strong partnerships between the core organisations, Aberdeenshire Council, Langstane Housing Association and Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership, have resulted in quality improvement. These not only improve facilities for residents and the look of the area, but also contribute significantly to combating climate change and carbon emissions.”

This has been recognised recently with a Scottish Quality Housing Award for the AHP Development at Westshore Gardens and their architects Halliday Fraser Munro, which was gained against national competition.

Langstane’s development at Denmark Street, designed by Michael Gilmour Associates, was completed in September and is expected to be in the running for several awards this year.