Plans to transform an historic former city centre church into an upmarket bar and restaurant have been approved.
Greyfriars Church on Broad Street, which has lain empty since 2011, will be converted by the hospitality giant G1.
The exterior of the A-listed building is poised to be given a much-needed clean, meaning it will match the outside of neighbouring building, Marischal College.
Aberdeen-based TCD Architects drew up the plans.
Its director, Steve Lawrence, said: “I’m really excited to be involved in such a prestigious project.
“The building work is going to complement Marischal Square really well and bring some added vibrancy to the civic space.
“The building will deliver a high-end bar and restaurant facility set within a beautiful architectural building of historical importance to Aberdeen.
“Re-use of the tower space will see an incredible function facility created, with breath taking views across the skyline of the city.”
The design statement by TCD Architects said the applicant would follow a “sympathetic approach”.
“The design has been carefully tempered to ensure that internal features are retained wherever possible,” it added.
“For instance, the new access stair to the tower accommodation has been positioned to ensure the new structure does not encroach upon the existing exposed timber rafters within the main church hall.
“The new enclosure has been positioned between the trusses and carefully designed to allow the new enclosure to be independent of these elements.
“The new internal floor to create the first floor bar area has been incorporated at a height to maintain the existing arched features within the main church hall. All stone features within the church are to be retained.”
The plans state the existing two storey granite stairs will be demolished along with the removal and replacement of the existing main tower windows.
Toilets, stairs and plant equipment will be housed in a three and four storey extension on the north-eastern corner.
The historic timber panel carvings from the gallery in the church will also be relocated to the new ground floor bar.
A report into the handling of the application states: “It is considered the majority of alterations required for the conversion of the building have been designed with due consideration for its historic and architectural character.
“It is acknowledged some of the works are significant interventions that would not generally be supported if the building were in a viable use at present. However, the building has lain vacant, on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland for several years and its condition has deteriorated substantially in that time.”