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Aberdeen Hall of Heroes not due to open until autumn 2020

Sir Alex Ferguson and Annie Lennox
Image caption Sir Alex Ferguson - who managed Aberdeen FC - and singer Annie Lennox will be among those honoured

A Hall of Heroes celebrating famous Aberdeen names at the city's historic Provost Skene's House is not now expected to open to the public until autumn next year.

The regenerated 16th Century building is intended to be the centrepiece of the Marischal Square office complex.

Former Aberdeen manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Aberdeen-born singer Annie Lennox will be among those honoured.

The attraction was originally supposed to open in 2017.

It has been delayed due to construction issues.

A report to be considered by councillors next week says it is hoped a contractor to regenerate the historic building will be appointed next month.

Last year the council said that due to problems such as rotting timbers the opening date had been put back to 2020.

Image caption Historic Provost Skene's House is nestled in the Marischal Square complex

The new report says an opening date in autumn next year is now envisaged.

However, it warns of a risk that the contractors will uncover other problems once they start work on the site.

As Aberdeen manager, Sir Alex won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1983 with a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid.

Annie Lennox found fame with the Eurythmics before acclaimed solo success.

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