A plan to create a £140M city-centre square has been approved by councillors in Aberdeen.
The project, which has received a £50M donation from millionaire businessman Sir Ian Wood, involves raising Union Terrace Gardens in order to build the square.
Councillors voted 20 to seven in favour of the proposals, although 12 councillors abstained, at an Aberdeen City Council meeting on Wednesday night, despite a public consultation showing that 55% of residents were against the project.
The plan will now move to an international design competition, the next stage in the process.
An alternative proposal to build an arts centre on the site was submitted by Peacock Visual Arts.
Aberdeen City Council deputy leader Kevin Stewart said he is pleased the square has been approved, and added: “I hope that a compromise can be reached with Peacock so that we can have both the city square concept and a contemporary arts centre as part of the design competition, and I await with great interest what designers and architects can come up with.”