Plans for a Maggie's centre in Aberdeen have taken a vital step forward after they were approved by the city council.
Work on the centre for cancer sufferers could begin in the next few weeks after developers Halliday Fraser and Munro were given the go-ahead.
The facility will be built in the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at Forresthill.
Maggie's Aberdeen is on course to reach its £3m funding target and aims to accommodate 40% of all cancer sufferers in the area in its first five years of existence.
It is being funded by the Elizabeth Montgomery Foundation through the Monty's Maggie's Appeal.
Golfer Colin Montgomerie, who set up the charity in memory of his mother, said: "Securing planning permission heralds the long awaited start to the construction of this fantastic building and brings closer the day when patients, their families and friends can walk through the door and get the valuable help that they need."
Colin Welsh, chairman of the Monty's Maggie's Appeal for Aberdeen, said: "Getting this planning permission is a key milestone for our Monty’s Maggie’s project. We can now look forward to work commencing on site."
Maggie's chief executive Laura Lee said: "To be at this stage in development so soon is testament to the huge efforts of everyone in Aberdeen who has helped raise the funds needed to build a Maggie’s Centre for the city.
"Everyone at Maggie’s is incredibly grateful for the time and energy invested to raise such huge sums in such a short space of time."