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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Leith Central Community Council: ‘shocked by new hold up to long-overdue Leith Walk repair works’

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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Stakeholder Update 91: Drop-in Surgery Invitation and Pilrig Street Junction Upgrade Latest

Adapted from an email sent by Alan Dean, Partnership Development Officer, sent on 2016_10_26 at 16:48.

Leith Central CC wishes to highlight the major delay to Pilrig St junction improvements – work will now not start until JANUARY 2017.  Continue reading