Work resumed on Leith Walk yesterday – just in time for today’s downpour!
Presentation on Shrub Place site construction plans and timetable; impact/s on neighbours and the Leith Walk road works by Mike Henderson, Senior Project Manager, Places for People, followed by Q&A
Monday June 19th, as part of Leith Central CC’s monthly meeting – all welcome!
McDonald Road Library, 2-4 McDonald Rd, Edinburgh EH7 4LU
(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend at 12:19 on 2017_06_02.
Having received the latest update, LCCC has sought confirmation that Crummock will be using the compound in Iona Street and the stock stored there. This would make it easier to continue works already underway and save time ordering stock.
We also asked whether the sub-contractor who looks after Phase 4 traffic signage will work under Crummock’s direction and deal with current signage (and fencing/barrier) issues today.
We will relay any answers as we receive them.)
We refer to our communication yesterday regarding the Leith Programme contractor being put into administration.
We have now completed an options appraisal and identified an interim way forward that will ensure work re-commences on Monday 5th June. The works will be carried out by a Council framework contractor, Crummock (Scotland) Limited, and will concentrate, in the first instance, in the work sites that are currently partially complete.
As you will appreciate, we are dealing with a complex situation but feel we have reacted as quickly as possible to maintain momentum on the project. We will of course keep you updated as more detailed plans emerge.
Thank you for patience in this matter.
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend
Statement for immediate release
The email announcing that the contractor for the current phase of the Leith Walk repair works (Iona Street to Brunswick Street) has gone into administration came yesterday late afternoon.
There have been indications for a while that work had slowed down, but this latest development has come as a complete shock. We are seeking urgent clarification on how this will impact on the current work sites in various states of completion south of Pilrig Street and the Iona Street compound, and – most importantly – on the overall progress of getting the Leith Walk works completed all the way to Picardy Place roundabout.
We understand that prior to the contract being awarded comprehensive assessments of the contractor’s financial stability were obtained by the Council. This being so, this would be the first time in the 10 year saga of Leith Walk on/off repairs that the Council does not have to shoulder the blame for the delays and costs that no doubt will come in the wake of this latest development.
Whether there will be further reputational damage will depend entirely on how quickly this situation is recovered, and the relevant clauses in the contract:
- Is there a sufficiently sized performance bond in place, shielding the project from any financial fallout?
- Is the works documentation up to date, to allow work to be picked up smoothly by replacement contractors?
- If the works do not continue in the immediate future with a new contractor and complete before the summer break as planned, will residents and businesses be compensated?
- Will the various work sites be supervised and protected adequately in the meantime?
- Will the snagging of the completed works around Pilrig Street be addressed promptly to restore confidence?
It has been said that one should ‘never let a crisis go to waste’. Is this the wake up call that was needed to make the reinstatement of one of Edinburgh’s top three streets a top Council priority?
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(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Turner & Townsend, time-stamped 2017_06_01 at 16:19. Leith Central CC is not responsible for any issues caused by the contents of this post, but will endeavour to publish any further relevant information it receives as soon as possible.)
We have been formally notified today that the contractor responsible for the works currently underway on Leith Walk, Land Engineering, has been put into administration.
Having carried out a comprehensive assessment of the company’s financial stability prior to signing the contract, which did not highlight any concerns, this is unexpected and particularly disappointing. As part of any assessment the Council seeks a third party credit agency opinion of the risk of business failure, and in relation to Land Engineering the third party opinion did not raise any issues.
We appreciate how frustrating this will be for businesses and residents.
We are currently in communication with the administrator and we are evaluating options to mitigate the impact and ensure the works, which to date have been running on time and to budget, are completed as soon as possible.
I am also aware that Land Engineering had recently issued a communication indicating that Brunswick Street would close on Monday 5 June to accommodate works to that junction. As a result of the above, this closure will not go ahead on Monday, and we will be in touch in due course with a revised closure date to complete the works at Brunswick Street.
Further updates will be issued as more information specific to completion of the works becomes available.
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure
Turner & Townsend
To confirm – the hustings will be on Tuesday 30 May. We apologise for any confusion caused by the mistake in our previous post, which has now been corrected.