A former north-east bowling alley damaged in a fire three years ago could be given a new lease of life.
Aberdeenshire Council has decided to rebuild the former Harley’s site in Macduff at a cost of more than £450,000.
Construction is due to begin in August, with the costs to be covered by an insurance payout.
An as yet unidentified business will move into the building once the project – awarded to Morrison Construction – has been completed.
Around 60 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze at the bowling alley in September 2016.
The fire tore through the roof space of Old Gamrie Road site, substantially damaging the structure, cladding, windows and interior.
Councillor Andy Kille, chairman of the Banff and Buchan area committee, said the decision taken by he and his colleagues was a boost for the Moray Firth town.
He said: “It is heartening to see this committee’s decision to bring these premises back into use.
“Once the work is complete, this building will be a great new home for a business in Macduff, which will be a boost to the town and the local economy.”
Councillor Michael Roy added: “This decision shows the important role area committees play in helping ensure that regeneration and renewal takes place in the places they serve.
“I hope the new business that uses this fantastic premises as its base really thrives.”