Historic Aberdeen building to undergo major renovation

One of Aberdeen’s most historic buildings is to undergo a major renovation after councillors approved spending additional cash on the project.

Provost Skene’s House, first built in 1545, has been under development and was expected to open alongside the Marischal Square scheme this year as a new £1.5 million “hall of heroes”, celebrating the city’s most famous sons and daughters.

Following a detailed survey carried out in summer last year, it has been discovered that a range of additional work is needed first.

Some of the urgent works include replacing chipped slates and rotten timbers.

It was revealed late last year the project has been hit by delays and is not expected to reopen until winter 2019/20.

Finance convener Douglas Lumsden said: “Provost Skene’s House promises to be a fantastic new attraction under the City Centre Masterplan, but as a first step we want to renovate and upgrade this iconic building.

“The works agreed will ensure this much-loved heritage asset gets the attention it needs and is safeguarded for generations to come while being given new purpose for the 21st Century.”