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Asbestos 'slows down' former St Nicholas House HQ demolition in Aberdeen

St Nicholas House
Image caption The 14-storey former council headquarters is being demolished

The demolition of Aberdeen City Council's former headquarters has been "slowed down" by the discovery of asbestos, the local authority has said.

Asbestos has been found in some of the divisions between units of windows at St Nicholas House.

Work on the tower has slowed, but is continuing elsewhere on the site.

More than 1,000 council staff vacated the 14-storey building, erected in 1968, for the newly-refurbished Marischal College building in 2011.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the discovery.

A council spokesperson said: "This discovery was entirely unexpected and could not have been reasonably foreseen.

"There is no risk to public health."

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