The scaffolding has finally come down from Aberdeen Town House following multi-million-pound repair work which went nearly three times over the original budget.
The refurbishment of the roof of the historic building began in August 2014, but was hit by delays, with the cost spiralling to more than £4 million from an original estimate of £1.2m.
The renovation was originally due for completion by September 30 last year, with hopes that the scaffolding at the 19th-century building could be taken down by the new year.
The repairs were ordered after lead fell from the roof at the corner of Castle Street and Broad Street, but contractors have encountered a series of complications, including rotten wood in the four towers and loose granite masonry on an attached building.
Finance convener Willie Young said: “We decided to carry out the proper works to the building to make sure it would never be in that state of neglect again.”