Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 107: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

 (adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager at Turner & Townsend, sent at 16:51 on 21 August 2017)

As of Monday 4th September, following the Edinburgh festival embargo, our Contractor, Crummock, will be returning to Leith Walk to complete Phase 4 of the Leith Programme.  We anticipate completing these works by Friday 3rd November (being an 8 week construction programme).  The works will be completed in planned phases, and include the following:

  • Full road resurfacing of Leith Walk from Iona Street to Brunswick Street, and associated road markings
  • Safety markings to the cycleway, allowing the cycleway to be formally put into use
  • Implementation of the 2-stage right turn for cyclists at the McDonald Road/Brunswick Road junction
  • Construction of raised tables at Iona, Albert and Brunswick Street
  • Completion of footway paving at Brunswick Street
  • Completion of Scottish Water works, and any associated footpath works at Croall Place
  • Installation of 31 nr bicycle racks
  • Making good any defects noted to previously completed works

Returning to site will also necessitate the re-mobilisation of a compound for the duration of the remaining works.  This will be sited on Brunswick Road which will therefore be closed from 4th September until the 1st week after the works are programmed to be completed (to allow for demobilisation) which, at this time, will be Friday 10th November.

The remaining works will require a period of time for road closures to all streets off Leith Walk between Iona Street and Brunswick Street.  Local diversion routes will be in place for the duration of these road closures.  Our programme of surfacing works will commence at Iona Street/Pilrig Street and work southwards up to Brunswick Street.  As works progress, we will provide more details in terms of the road closure dates and timescales for works.

As of Monday 4th September, and for that first week, the following works will be taking place on site:

  • Brunswick Road will close, and the site compound will be set-up
  • Iona Street will close, and works to complete the kerb realignments and footpath paving works will commence
  • Scottish Water works will commence at Croall Place (we programme that works to this location will take up to 2 weeks to complete)

As before, we intend to issue a weekly update Email to all stakeholders providing information on completed works, planned works for the upcoming week and progress against our programme.

165 Leith Walk

As previously communicated, the former tram depot (located at 165 Leith Walk) is to be demolished and the area cleared to house a creative workspace within part of this site.

Following previous updates, we have been working with our contractor, Dalton Demolition, during this pre demolition phase to obtain all necessary planning, building and listed building approvals.  This phase is now at an end and we are on programme to mobilise and to commence a number of site surveys at the start of September with further internal preparation works to allow the erection of safety scaffolding and full demolition to commence in October.

The works are likely to take up to 6 months to complete.

Following completion of the demolition works the area will be cleared and a creative workspaces project will occupy part of this site with the smaller building at the front of the former depot (165a Leith Walk) being retained and refurbished to create a pilot partnership hub delivering local services.

Should you have any queries, or require any further information in regards to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact by using leith.programme@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Kind Regards

Michael Motion
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend