A historic house has been flattened to make way for the new £333 million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).
Work began in the summer to build the new AECC on the former site of the Rowett Research Institute at Bucksburn.
All existing buildings at the site, including 85-year-old Strathcona House, the Reid Library and nearby Warden Hill House, are being demolished as part of the work.
Work to flatten the red sandstone house was completed yesterday.
Calls had previously been made for the building to be saved and for businesses and private individuals to come forward with funds.
Campaigners wanted to move the property to a different site, with costs estimated between £5.5m and £6m.
Strathcona House first opened in January 1933 to house students studying medicine and science and as a dining room for staff.
In the war years it was used as a base for serving RAF personnel stationed at Dyce Airport.
Latterly it was still used as a canteen for Rowett staff and also as a function hall.
A petition with 591 names was submitted to Aberdeen City Council objecting to the proposed demolition of the building. Council officers said materials from the house would be used within the new site, including some of the bricks and oak panelling while the name would also be used on the site.
The new centre is expected to generate around £11m a year into the North-east economy from concerts and events like Offshore Europe.
Historic Scotland said the house was of local importance and may have met the criteria for category C listing but it could not be listed as it was part of an ongoing planning application.
Aberdeen City Council’s finance convener Willie Young said: “I think our point of view with the AECC is the council is investing £333m in the conference centre – that is a huge amount of money.
“The important thing for us is that it will hopefully have a great effect on the economy of Aberdeen and the North-east.”
Cllr Young said it is hoped the centre will mean the city can compete with the central belt in attracting big names to the city.
He added “We are looking forward to working with the operator.
“The AECC is going to be a great success for the city.”
SMG Europe has agreed a 10-year deal to operate, manage and programme the new arena.
The company’s portfolio includes the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and new Bristol arena.