Eyesore buildings will be demolished as work progresses on a multi-million pound traffic scheme in Aberdeen.
The former garage and associated properties at 78A and 86-90 Powis Terrace will be pulled down during the next few weeks to form part of the route for the £26.4million Berryden Corridor.
The route has long been a traffic bottleneck with motorists struggling to make progress during the morning and evening rush hours.
Last month, at the council’s infrastructure committee, David Smith Contractors Ltd was awarded the contract to carry out the demolition work.
The firm took over the site on Monday and the work it will carry out includes removing and disposing of asbestos contamination.
It will demolish the existing building’s superstructure and sub-structure, including the lower ground floor storey, floor slabs, foundations, basements, associated stone and concrete retaining walls, underground fuel tanks and external retaining walls.
Site clearance and preparation, including removal of existing access roads and the erection of a new security fence will then begin.
Council roads spokesman Ross Grant said: “I’m sure residents will be looking forward to these eyesore buildings being demolished, especially as part of improving our roads network to make getting around the city easier for our residents and visitors
“The £26.4million Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme will benefit motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and will be a major upgrade to the roads network in the area and for the whole of the city.
“The Berryden Corridor will also further support wider network policies such as the City Centre Masterplan, and will also help with the delivery of other infrastructure routes.”
The Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme involves a new dual carriageway, which will link Skene Square, Caroline Place and Berryden Road between Maberly Street and Ashgrove Road.
Work to the buildings are due to be completed in the spring, weather and site depending.