relocation of Paolozzi sculptures to Hillside Gardens

(adapted from an email from Cllr Marion Donaldson)

Due to the work at the St James Centre and the road realignment, the Paolozzi sculptures need a new home.

After  looking around in the area it was decided (by whom? – LCCC) that Hillside Gardens provides an ideal location to display them and so that they remain close to their original site and accessible to  the public.

Work had already started with the local friends group to improve the flower beds. This has proven to be very  timely, and the design has changed to incorporate the sculptures into the landscape.

At the start of  July, officers held an open meeting with local residents to discuss the planting and the sculptures.

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planting plan: middle bed planting plan Hillside Crescent

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 104: Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road) Weekly lookahead (w/c Monday 24th July 2017)

(adapted from an email sent by Steven Jackson, Associate Director, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend, at 14:57 on 2017_07_21)

 

With regards to the works and worksite locations for next week, these have been specified and set as the following:

  • Paving from Croall Place N/W corner to Shrub Place Lane set to continue and be completed by mid-next week.
  • Paving towards corner of Brunswick Street set to be completed on this coming Saturday (22nd July).
  • Taring of footway with corduroy paving slabs on Albert Place to begin next week and be completed by Friday 28th July.
  • Taring and slabbing of tactile paving set to begin next Tuesday on corner that meets Elm Row with Brunswick Street. To be finished by Friday 28th July.
  • Slabbing at bus stop shelter on Crighton Place to begin next week and be finished by Friday 28th July. Small section of slabbing on opposite side of the road also to be complete with regards to the same timeframe.
  • Traffic Management plan to be put in place next week allowing for completion of road markings at McDonald Road junction. Road markings to be finished Friday 28th July.
  • Road crossing islands (All three at McDonald Road junction and Albert Street junction) to be completed by Monday 24th July.
  • Taring and completion of curbing at Iona St as well as junction road markings to be done and completed on Friday 28th July.

Again, we remain on target to have completed our works, allowing the McDonald Road/Brunswick Road to re-open for the Edinburgh Festival embargo, and for all worksite boundary fencing to be removed off site, by the end of July.  For the safety of re-opening the junction, we are planning to do this as of Monday 31st July, as opposed to the previous Friday, 28th July.

Further to this, the demobilisation of the Iona Street compound will commence as of Monday 31st July, with the compound off site entirely by Friday 4th August.  At this time, the prohibition on entry to Iona Street from Leith Walk will be in place.

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

Kind regards

Steven Jackson, Associate Director, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend
Osborne House, 1 Osborne Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HG
t: +44 (0) 131 347 3400 | m: +44 (0) 7764 443028 | www.turnerandtownsend.com

Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 103 – Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road) Weekly lookahead (w/c 17th July 2017)

(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend, at 16:06 on 2017_07_14)

Dear Stakeholder

With regards to the works and worksite locations for next week, these have been specified and set as the following:

  • Paving works will continue to the N/W corner on Croall Place (outside the Natwest Bank and towards Shrub Place Lane) and we hope to complete this area by the end of the week.
  • We are targeting completion of the footpath paving to Vittorias corner by tomorrow, 15th July.
  • Paving works will continue to the on Brunswick Street, and again we hope to have this complete this by the end of the week.
  • Road markings, necessary for the McDonald Road/Brunswick Road junction to open, began this week and will continue into next week

Again, we remain on target to have completed our works, allowing the McDonald Road/Brunswick Road to re-open for the Edinburgh Festival embargo, and for all worksite boundary fencing to be removed off site, by the end of July.  For the safety of re-opening the junction, we are planning to do this as of Monday 31st July, as opposed to the previous Friday, 28th July.

Further to this, the demobilisation of the Iona Street compound will commence as of Monday 31st July, with the compound off site entirely by Friday 4th August.  At this time, the prohibition on entry to Iona Street from Leith Walk will be in place.

Should you have queries, or require any further information, in regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact me direct either at michael.motion@turntown.co.uk or at leith.programme@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Kind regards

Michael Motion

Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend

Stakeholder Update 102: Leith Programme – Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road): Weekly lookahead (w/c 10th July 2017)

(Adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend at 15:46 on 2017_07_07)

With regards to the works and worksite locations for next week, these have been specified and set as the following:

  • The footpath paving at the Library Corner (McDonald Road) is to be finished Saturday, with footpath to be opened to pedestrians as of Monday
  • Continuing paving to Leith Walk East side, towards Brunswick Road
  • Continuing paving to the southern corner of Brunswick Street
  • Continuing paving to the  northwest corner of Croall Place
  • Works will continue to the McDonald Road junction with regards to traffic signalling

As per last week’s communication, we remain on schedule to be off site for the Festival embargo.

Should you have queries, or require any further information, in regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Kind regards

Michael Motion
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure

Turner & Townsend
Osborne House, 1 Osborne Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HG
t: +44 (0) 131 347 3400 | m: +44 (0) 7734 494607 | www.turnerandtownsend.com

Stakeholder Update 101: Leith Programme – Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road) Weekly lookahead (w/c 3rd July 2017)

(adapted from an email from Michael Motion, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend)

With regards to works carried out this week, the contractor has not quite completed the paving works to the library corner, meaning the resource did not commence paving to the N/W corner at Croall Place. As such, we will be on site on Saturday to make-up some of the time lost this week due to the poor weather and to maintain our current programme of works.

In terms of works and worksite locations for next week, please see below:

  • Any final completion/grouting of paving at the library corner
  • Commence paving to the N/W corner on Croall Place West
  • Continue paving to Brunswick Street
  • Continue paving to Leith Walk East side
  • Complete crossing excavations and traffic signal duct installation at Brunswick Road
  • Return to complete duct crossings at the Albert Place pedestrian crossing (unfortunately the crossing will therefore be out of commission for a period of time next week) and just north of Shrub Place Lane

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Funding and training opportunities, participatory budgeting videos

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)

Climate Challenge Fund opens for applications

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.  Download How to apply (PDF) and content and images for websites (PDF).

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017. Continue reading

Playaway!

Playing Out is a pilot scheme that lets you close your street for free to run children’s play events. It runs from 1 April to 31 August 2017. Applications are now open.

Download the Playing Out guidelines (PDF, 474 KB) to closing your street for a play event below.  Please note the 6 week notice period may be reduced slightly for closures during the April school holiday.

See CEC website for more detail.