Project: Peterhead Sheriff Court – Refurbishment
Client: SCTS
Location: Peterhead Sheriff Court
Value: £1.5m
Listing: Grade B
Date Complete: 2021


The original courthouse in Peterhead was built in 1869 by architect William Smith and was enlarged with a modern contrasting extension in the late 1990’s by the Property Services Agency. In 2019, MLA were commissioned to design a completely new cladding and roofing system with associated Safe Access Systems and Bird Control Measures. The existing Blackhill Quarry granite panels were in good condition, however structural steel fixings were failing and had badly corroded in the salty coastal location.

A lightweight and recyclable James and Taylor “Senses” Aluminium plank rainscreen system was chosen to replace the granite and the result was regarded by all as a great enhancement of its civic presence. Some of the granite was recycled for paving at the front entrance.

This project also involved a significant internal and external refurbishment including replacement of existing tiles and repair of slate roofs. External hard landscaping works were also undertaken.