Advance construction work has begun on a new £30 million community campus in Alford which will merge the town’s schools.
The scheme will involve a new 640-pupil academy, 325-pupil primary, and a four lane, 25 metre swimming pool.
It will also feature a community library, external sports facilities and accommodation for community learning and development activities.
The Alford Community Campus is to be constructed off the town’s Greystone Road, to the west of the existing facilities, and is due to open in 2015.
Initial activity will take place over the next 27 weeks, including site preparation, excavation, drainage and landscaping works and is due to be completed by the end of April next year.
The construction of an access road to the new campus began this summer, and will be completed before the end of the year.
Main construction works are due to begin early in 2014 and will be undertaken by Miller Construction and delivered via hub North Scotland in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council.
The project has been awarded part funding by the Scottish Futures Trust, with the majority of funding being provided by Aberdeenshire Council.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Peter Argyle, said: “The new facility will be a great asset for the Alford community and the council’s school estate.”