A north-east street is to close for seven weeks as part of ongoing work on a new north-east school campus.
As construction of the new Inverurie Community Campus continues, Jackson Street, which is the main route up to the school, is to be shut from Monday until Sunday August 19.
The new campus will replace the current Inverurie Academy, swimming pool and community centre.
The closure has been planned to allow construction company Robertson to build the pipes which will lead up to the new school. Aberdeenshire Council has reassured residents who live on the street that disruption will be kept to a minimum.
A spokesman said: “The work on Jackson Street will be carried out in a number of stages between Monday and Sunday August 19.
“The works will not affect access to the swimming pool or leisure centre. The dates have been chosen to keep disruption to a minimum as they occur over the school summer holidays.
“We met homeowners and businesses to explain the plans and listen to any questions or concerns they had about the works.”
Work on the new £55 million school and campus began in May and part of the frame is already up. It is to accommodate 1,600 pupils and will provide services for the wider community – including football pitches.
A spokeswoman for Robertson said: “While we appreciate the inconvenience the closure will cause, it is a critical part of the construction process as we install the sewer main for the new Campus. We have been careful to ensure vehicular access is maintained by local diversions and pavements will remain open to pedestrians throughout.
“Alternative parking arrangements have also been made for residents and routes pre-agreed with the emergency services.
“We deliberately planned the closure to take place during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption and advised the community in March this necessary road closure would be required. Since then we have conducted a community meeting for residents and business owners affected by the works – including sharing detailed work plans.
Ward Councillor Lesley Berry said: “Although it will be a huge inconvenience, especially for those living on the street, there is no other way to get the water supply up to the school.””