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July 14 2016

Moxon secure permission for Fraserburgh civic hub
Moxon Architects and conservation specialist Alan Marshall have obtained permission to press ahead with the reconfiguration of two civic buildings in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, as part of a wider masterplan for the town.

Fraserburgh 2021 will see £5.7m worth of projects geared toward built heritage renewal, the focus of which will be the restoration and merger of the B-listed Town House and former police station on the corner of Saltoun Square and Kirk Brae to form a new Aberdeenshire Council services hub.

As part of this work a slender rear extension shall be constructed to accommodate circulation between the two spaces, composed of perforated and opaque weathered steel with frameless glazing it has been designed to slow further weathering of the sandstone Town House whilst maintaining views to its Corinthian domed rotunda.

Ben Addy of Moxon Architects said “The extension will efficiently and sensitively link both properties to provide a welcoming and elegant public face for the council. The robust design is conceived as a largely permeable structure set against the massive construction typology of the existing historic buildings.”

This will necessitate demolition of later additions to the rear to make way for new meeting rooms and associated public realm work.
A weathered steel extension will contrast with sandstone and granite of the retained structures
A weathered steel extension will contrast with sandstone and granite of the retained structures
Aberdeenshire Council are seeking to breathe new life into a dilapidated corner of town
Aberdeenshire Council are seeking to breathe new life into a dilapidated corner of town

14 Comments

jimney
#1 Posted by jimney on 14 Jul 2016 at 15:39 PM
I LIKE IT A LOT!
Brown
#2 Posted by Brown on 14 Jul 2016 at 15:43 PM
Stunning.
Brian Sewell
#3 Posted by Brian Sewell on 14 Jul 2016 at 15:48 PM
Verra guid collage.
Similar to the modern external circulation interventions at the National Gallery in Budapest. Corten and timber.
Fraser
#4 Posted by Fraser on 14 Jul 2016 at 15:57 PM
A beautiful building.
Cyril Sneer
#5 Posted by Cyril Sneer on 14 Jul 2016 at 17:17 PM
This is the best rusty staircase I've ever seen.
Basho
#6 Posted by Basho on 14 Jul 2016 at 17:59 PM
What a great piece of architecture. Would be interesting if Moxton Architects tried to design something like this in Edinburgh. Probably be forced to clad it in sandstone.
Town Planner
#7 Posted by Town Planner on 14 Jul 2016 at 18:02 PM
Great!!
QMD
#8 Posted by QMD on 15 Jul 2016 at 09:06 AM
something different from what we see regularly on this website. No more lazy grid facade with similar material palettes... Great work!
Architect
#9 Posted by Architect on 15 Jul 2016 at 10:21 AM
Looks great but how do you clean the glass?
Bill S
#10 Posted by Bill S on 15 Jul 2016 at 13:28 PM
The images look great. I wonder slightly at the relationship between the flat topped extension and the adjacent pitched roof of the former town hall, but I will save judgement until complete as the Architect's have an excellent portfolio. More work of this standard North East!
That Guy
#11 Posted by That Guy on 15 Jul 2016 at 15:10 PM
Love this and like the use of corten. However, I'm concerned as to how it will be maintained as corten will bleed and stain over time with weathering.
Terra
#12 Posted by Terra on 17 Jul 2016 at 03:44 AM
Very nice.
Superjim
#13 Posted by Superjim on 19 Jul 2016 at 09:06 AM
Really lovely work this. Would really like to see Moxon get a job or two (or ten) in Aberdeen City as well as in the Shire. Might just be the perfect tonic to the utter banality being churned out by the current local go-to-architects...
"El"
#14 Posted by "El" on 23 Aug 2016 at 14:08 PM
A bit of an over reaction on what is very simple extension.

Yes it has corten (WoW!!! Did you see this? It is has Corten!), but does having rusty perforated sheet metal as your main cladding material over a simple glass box make it something to wax lyrical about? I would say no.

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