Plans to reopen a mothballed city primary school have been abandoned due to concerns over the mounting cost of repairing its deteriorating structure.
A number of pupils at the overcrowded Airyhall Primary were to have been relocated to the old Braeside school as they await construction of new schools at Countesswells.
That plan has now been discarded after it emerged reopening Braeside could cost £422,000.
Opposition councillors have claimed parts of the building are “literally being propped up with pieces of wood”.
Now Hazlewood School – recently declared “surplus to requirements” – will instead be brought back into use.
A report to city councillors on next week’s capital programme committee says Hazlewood can be brought back into use for £180,000 less.
Council education convener John Wheeler said: “I had looked at the plan with officers because I thought the costs were becoming excessive so I asked them to go look for the best-value options.”