Funding has been approved to hang colourful lamps high above an Aberdeen city centre street – the first in a series of 12 projects to light up the town.
The proposal has been put forward as part of overall £6.5 million plans to light up Aberdeen’s most famous streets, civic spaces and landmarks.
Custom-made lamps would be suspended above part of Langstane Place, which runs parallel to Union Street, to give it a “festival feel”.
Councillors on the city’s growth and resources committee agreed to contribute to the installation during a private session.
The majority of the cost will be met by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired, which will oversee its development and implementation.
Councillor Marie Boulton, City Centre Masterplan spokeswoman, said: “We are delighted to be progressing this scheme under the City Centre Masterplan.
“A public survey showed creating engaging public spaces at night and activating lanes were among the favourite choices for lighting treatments.”
In February, the council adopted the Aberdeen in Colour strategy and agreed funding opportunities should be explored in bringing forward its 12 individual schemes over the next five years.
Other proposals would include the likes of Union Street, St Nicholas Kirk, Belmont Street and the Castlegate.
Steensen Varming, the firm behind the lighting of Sydney Opera House, has been tasked with developing the colourful illuminations.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We are absolutely committed to seeing the City Centre Masterplan deliver the much-needed transformational projects, such as creative lighting, for the heart of Aberdeen.
“This particular proposal ought to act as a catalyst for an exciting city centre programme of state-of-the-art lighting.
“We said from the outset we all have a stake in how the Masterplan progresses and our city centre businesses have certainly shown their intent.”