Ambitious works to one of Aberdeen’s most historic buildings are also expected to be delayed.
The city-centre Provost Skene’s House, first built in 1545, has been under development and was expected to open alongside the Marischal Square scheme early next year as a new £1.5million “hall of heroes” celebrating the city’s most famous sons and daughters.
But last night it emerged that a new business case was being prepared for the attraction following a condition survey and it was unlikely to open next year.
A council spokesman said: “The building had been scheduled to reopen as a visitor attraction in 2017 but, following a condition survey prior to work commencing, options for the refurbishment are to be considered.”
Council co-leader Douglas Lumsden said the previous costings had been “unrealistic”.
He said: “We are getting a proper business plan in place to refresh the building.
“We want to make sure money is spent properly on the building and we do actually have an attraction that is fit for purpose and we’re making the most of Provost Skene’s House.”
Culture spokeswoman Marie Boulton said: “Protecting Aberdeen’s built heritage is a priority for the council and it is important that the latest information is taken into account.”