The council hopes to find an artist to become involved in the next stage of the Fraserburgh regeneration project.
Aberdeenshire Council has issued a £50,000 public contract for an artist to redesign the public realm in the Kirk Brae area of Fraserburgh.
The publicly accessible space in and around the buildings is to be revamped to include artwork or sculptures which “reflect the positives about the town’s heritage” and its “current activities and future aspirations”.
Contract documents, drawn up for Aberdeenshire Council, state: “A package of public realm work is now required for an area centering on Kirk Brae extending to the open space on front of the mausoleum adjacent to the Parish Church, featuring the existing Temperance Fountain.
“The envisaged public art requirement includes but is not limited to: sculptural piece(s) for the paving associated with the Saltoun Chambers/ former police station building(s) and/or sculptural piece for the space associated with the mausoleum including the review of the position of the Temperance Fountain.
“Town centre public arts proposals should be appropriate to the setting, but be a creative statement in their own right.
“Public art installations should offer interest and contribute to an improved future urban environment for residents and visitors to Fraserburgh.
“It is important that artists produce public art for the 21st Century that in turn will become part of the valued fabric of the town.”
Images released with the contract highlight the public friendly appearance of the area.
Fraserburgh and District councillor Charles Buchan said: “It’s absolutely marvellous that this is going forward, it’s taken its time because of the amount of consultation in it but I really commend the plans.
“The type of stone and surface and so on has been chosen by the community and it will give a huge uplift to the centre of the town and make Saltoun Square very beautiful.
“It should make it more enjoyable for people and the idea is local traders should get an advantage from it.
“The whole effect should lift the appearance of the town centre which is over 400 years old and it it’s tidied up and the occupiers have some pride in the buildings then it will be a great thing.”
Bids for the contract can be submitted up to October 1.