Open evening held at leisure facility

Architect Siobhonn Martin and Councillor Charles Buchan at the Community Centre Open Day.
Architect Siobhonn Martin and Councillor Charles Buchan at the Community Centre Open Day.

An open evening was held at the Fraserburgh Community Centre recently to celebrate the history of the building and allow members of the public to learn more about the town’s new sport and leisure facility.

The event allowed the public to give their thoughts of the new community facility and included stalls representing those involved in the project, including commissioned artist Carn Standing and the building’s architect Siobhonn Martin.

Visitors also had the opportunity to see video images of the new facility, which were projected onto large screens, and photographs of the old community centre, including old Fraserburgh Herald editions covering its original opening.

Avril Nicol, communities and partnerships manager at Aberdeenshire Council, commented: “Today is a celebration of the old building. We are also engaging with the community.

“In the next few weeks, the keys to the new building will be handed over to the Council. Then, in February, there will be the ‘soft opening’ which coincides with the in-service weekend.”

Ms Nicol also confirmed that the old community centre building, which opened 42 years ago, would be demolished, the ‘seagulls’ statue from the old centre already transferred to the new facility.

Councillor Charles Buchan, who was in attendance at the open evening, said: “It’s a succesful event in the build up to the grand opening of the new facility.

“This is a great initiative for Fraserburgh.”

Architect Siobhonn Martin commented: “I think Aberdeenshire Council are pleased with the construction of the project and the hard work of the team involved.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the building open and people enjoying it.”

Doreen Mair, who is chairperson of FISSH, added: “Liaison between Aberdeenshire Council and the community has paid off.

“I think people in Fraserburgh will really appreciate the new building. I hope it will bring new educational and sporting opportunities for the community.”

Artist Carn Standing, who has been commissioned to create art works for the new facility, said: “I’ve worked with local schools and outside workshops. I wanted real people and real places to be involved. I also spent time at the Heritage Centre.

“I definitely want people to feel that they have ownership of the artwork. I’d love to thank everyone who took part in the workshops and helped to inspire me to complete the final art works.”