Councillors have approved outline business cases to deliver four primary schools across Aberdeen – despite concerns over the exact costings.
The local authority’s administration has brought forward a £100 million plan to deliver new facilities in Torry, Tillydrone, Milltimber and Countesswells.
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Members of the city council’s capital programme committee approved the project proposals yesterday and agreed detailed design works should now be brought forward.
SNP group leader Stephen Flynn – who has raised concerns that costs appear to have soared – asked officers for a breakdown of what each school would cost.
But director of resources Steve Whyte said it was only when a contractor was appointed and designs drawn up that an exact cost would be known.
He added the council could only give its “best estimate”, adding that a “ball park” of £100m could give councillors an understanding of the scale of the project.
He said: “What I’m saying is I won’t be held to a specific number at this point in the process when we don’t have any final designs.
“As soon as I put a figure to this committee, when I go to get the contract I’ll be accused of being over budget.”
It was revealed in 2016 that new multi-million-pound primary schools would be built in Torry and Tillydrone, with plans for community hubs within each of the sites.
The council’s capital budget from March this year stated a new school in Milltimber would cost £13m, with new schools in Torry and Tillydrone costing £20m and £17m respectively.