A preferred bidder to draw up a “masterplan” to transform Aberdeen city centre has been selected by councillors.
The identity of the successful team is being withheld for a ten-day “standstill” period due to restrictions under procurement legislation.
The decision was taken unanimously in private session at a full council meeting.
The winning candidate will now have nine months in which to come up with a blueprint, which must include detailed proposals for the Denburn Valley, as well as the Castlegate, Holburn and harbour areas.
Deputy council leader Marie Boulton said six bidders were short-listed from a total of 17 by the city centre regeneration board, which includes representatives from both universities as well as the local business community.