Work will begin on a new multi-million-pound sports centre in Dundee’s Caird Park in early 2018.
It follows the approval on Monday night by councillors of an extra £12 million in spending for the project — which will now cost £32m.
A meeting of the policy and resources committee approved the cash injection despite calls for a review into council overspends.
Following the meeting, council leader John Alexander told the Tele that the construction of the regional performance centre — which will offer facilities for a host of clubs and athletes — would likely start soon after the new year.
He added: “We are now waiting for the final tenders to come forward.
“They should be available by the end of November, and once we have them we will hold a further meeting, when the final details of the project will be made available, including definite start dates for work.
“I am delighted and optimistic that this project will soon get off the ground.
“This centre will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase sport in Dundee and the surrounding area.
“I anticipate it will be a springboard for sport in the region.
“Taken with the Tay Cities Deal and the European Capital of Culture bid it shows just how much Dundee is transforming.”
At Monday night’s meeting, Fergus Wilson — the council’s head of design and property — answered criticism over the centre’s spiralling costs.
He said: “There has been a substantial change to the scope of the project as it has progressed.
“The increase includes £5m which will be required to complete the energy centre with district heating capability.
“Inflation and different market conditions from when the project was first announced have also been taken into account.”
Councillors rejected a motion from Labour group leader Kevin Keenan for consultants to be brought in to assess why council projects were going over-budget.
Mr Keenan said the rising cost of the project left a “bad taste” and that the authority needed to look at what lessons had been learned from past overspends.