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Project to renovate Fraserburgh building progresses


By Kyle Ritchie

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Work is progressing on the former John Trail Bookshop in Fraserburgh, which will be turned into an 11-bedroom hotel.

The scaffolding has now come down from the front of the Mid Street building.

It has revealed the repointed façade and newly crafted windows.

The property is being completely refurbished and converted into a hotel by the North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT).

The building work is being led by Vince Willox of local firm V G Willox.

Work is progressing on the former John Trail Bookshop building in Fraserburgh.
Work is progressing on the former John Trail Bookshop building in Fraserburgh.

NESPT chairman Marcus Humphrey said: "We are indebted to Vince and his team for their hard work, craftsmanship and expertise in what is a very trying environment for the construction industry.

"Compliance with Health and Safety measures on site has been exemplary and the work is being completed to a very high standard."

The £1.3 million hotel project is being funded by the Aberdeenshire Town Centre Fund, Fraserburgh 2021 and the Aberdeenshire Regeneration Fund.

The development of the project was grant aided by the Architectural Heritage Fund.

NESPT is a building preservation trust that undertakes projects within the Aberdeenshire area.

Its remit is to acquire and restore significant historic or architectural properties that are not restorable by normal commercial mechanisms.

It was founded in 1985 through an initiative from Grampian Regional Council and the Scottish Civic Trust.

It used to operate on a "revolving fund" basis with the proceeds generated by one project being used to form the working capital for the next.

Nowadays it undertakes a wide variety of projects and provides project management and consultancy services to Aberdeenshire Council and community groups.


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