New chapter as Aberdeen library scaffolding is removed

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Scaffolding on a historic Aberdeen building has started to come down – months behind schedule.

Work to the Aberdeen Central Library began late last year, following the discovery of unstable masonry and water damage.

Emergency repairs were carried out, after which a longer-term initiative to prevent water damage to the roofing began.

Earlier this year, Aberdeen City Council said the scaffolding was due to be taken down in August, a month behind its original schedule.

However, that was delayed due to bad weather and rescheduled for autumn.

To mark the occasion, Aberdeen City Libraries team will be revealing pictures of the building each day as the scaffolding comes down.

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Dustin Macdonald, chairman for Aberdeen City Centre Community Council, said: “It will be great to see the scaffolding come down on one of the many iconic buildings in the city centre.”

An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “The refurbishment work at the Central Library has been completed as part of the council’s ongoing commitment to investment in the city’s iconic historic buildings.

“The removal of the scaffolding, which is weather dependent, is continuing.”

Aberdeen Central Library originally opened on July 5 1892 and is part of the famous “Education, Salvation and Damnation” row of civic buildings on Rosemount Viaduct, alongside St Mark’s Church and His Majesty’s Theatre.

The building was publicly funded by local campaigning and opened by famed industralist Andrew Carnegie and his wife, who contributed £2,000 to the consultation process.

Last year, it celebrated its 125th anniversary with a programme of events.

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