Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 109: Phase 4 (Iona Street to Brunswick Street)

(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion of Turner & Townsend at 14:51 on 8 September. )

Dear Stakeholder

Our contractor, Crummock, returned to site as of Monday 4th September to remobilise for the completion of the Phase 4 scope of works. At that time, Brunswick Road was closed to accommodate the site compound, and will remain so until the works are completed. Iona Street was also closed to allow commencement of works to realign the kerb line, commence the road surfacing works including the raised table construction and to complete the pavement slabbing. It is likely this will take up to 3 weeks to complete, during which time Iona Street will remain closed.

In addition to the above, we are also working in the following areas:

  • Brunswick Street junction to complete the remain footpath slabbing to the S/E corner
  • Croall Place to complete the remaining Scottish Water rectification works, and to resolve surface water drainage issues
  • 2 nr road crossings on Leith Walk, north and south of Albert Street.

Next week, we will continue with the works at Iona Street and Brunswick Street, and also at Croall Place, and will also commence the main surfacing works to Leith Walk, commencing just south of Pilrig Street. This will necessitate the additional closure to Middlefield to accommodate the surfacing works going past that junction, as well as the associated traffic management.

165 Leith Walk – Old Tram Depot Demolition

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.

Dalton Demolition mobilised on site on Monday 4th September, and commenced the survey and cleaning-out process prior to the demolition commencing towards the end of this month. Demolition will only commence on completion of the erection of safety scaffolding to specific points around the Depot. The full demolition is likely to take up to 6 months, with the majority of the Depot expected to be down prior to Christmas.

As advised previously, 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