Leith Central residents, visitors and businesses might want to be aware of the TRO proposals to do with the tram-works. LCCC understands that formal consultations are likely to start in early September (lasting 28 days).
TRO drawings for the full route are available on the Trams Project website, but for convenience here are the ones covering Leith Central’s area. Click any thumbnail to access the full-size PDF.
A small update from the Robertson Group working on redeveloping McDonald Road Fire Station, part of which is being converted into the Edinburgh’s Museum of Fire;
Residents Letter – 006 – Progress Update to end of July 2020
Due to the pandemic we are currently all living with, first & foremost I hope that this newsletter / update finds you and your families safe & well.
Since reopening on 4th May 2020, the project continues to be operated under the Construction Scotland Safe Operating Procedures accepted for use for essential works.
The safe operating procedures have allowed the following works to progress on site.
• Progression of the roof coverings including insulation • Facing brick feature bands to Dryden Terrace & McDonald Road • Installation of new structural steelwork including projecting window pods • Installation of bracing steel & structural strengthening works • Installation of new lift shaft steel structure
In the next few weeks further SFS framing systems will begin being installed which will allow the closing in of the building envelope to commence. By October we will be preparing for window installation to make the building watertight.
Internal fit out will then commence in October.
Early design & detailing work for the Museum of Fire has commenced with the designdisciplines working remotely & from home.
We have also recently been involved with a social media request to assist with watering the street trees on McDonald Road which now appear to be flourishing.
We acknowledge receipt of the email below and the attached map indicating that there are proposed Covid-19 Emergency Road Measures for Easter Road and Great Junction Street. However, we await a further Council email explaining exactly what is proposed, as all we have received is a map with a few red lines, no legend and no site-specific details. We don’t really understand how we are supposed to respond this, as it adds nothing to what was in the outline proposals approved on 14 May. Has no further detailed planning been done in the intervening five weeks?
We are being told that there is no time for normal expectations associated with consultations and are asked if we want to raise any issues.
The main issue we have is with the absence of a credible process: I am sure everyone on the extensive (GDPR-compliant?) mailing list below is a very busy person and may not be able to respond within the given timescale to potentially very complex proposals (let alone understand them in the absence of concrete details) with all their knock-on effects into neighbouring streets and on a wide variety of legitimate (and sometimes vulnerable) users. Where do the proposals go, if the physical distancing guidance is reduced to 1m in early July, as flagged up by the First Minister last week? Will a rushed implementation of measures which – if well-planned and consulted upon may well have merit – not undermine wider public support for a more pedestrian-friendly environment in the longer term?
We write to inform you of our recent progress on the above project. Works recommenced on the 02nd December 2019 constructing the new roof following the removal of the existing concrete roof which was found to be of poor quality. Highlights in this period are listed below –
Installation of structural steelwork to support the roof
Installation of structural timbers and decking to create the new roof
Installation of waterproof membrane
Bricklayers constructing new stair core walls
Works due to commence are as follows.
Progression of the roof coverings to completion
Installation of new structural steelwork including projecting window pods
Installation of structural framing system
If you require any further information, please feel free to contact me on the details below.
We will issue a further update in July 2020.
Please refer over for pictures of progress at McDonald Road Fire Station.
Senior Project Manager
Robertson Construction Central East Ltd
As an update on this project, I can confirm that the refurbishment programme was delayed due to unexpected structural issues surrounding the Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) roof panels, these concerns were only exposed due to the commencement of the intrusive demolition works. This delayed works on site until a decision and solution had been agreed with all parities including Edinburgh Council Building and Control Department to replace the entire roofing structure.
I can confirm that all of the agreements are now in place and work has progressed to replace the entire roof and recommence with the refurbishment of the station. This is an important and high priority project to SFRS, the modernisation of the station and the creation of the new Museum of Fire on the site is an exciting development and high value commitment for the service within this area.
Our revised programme of works is to have fully completed all of the works on the site by December 2020. However, hopefully once the roof and walls are in place later this year the noise levels and any disturbances will be significantly reduced within the immediate vicinity.
I hope that once completed this will be a station and museum that the local communities including yourself are extremely proud to have within your local area.
Please feel free to contact me if you do have any further questions or if you wish to discuss further
Iain Morris | Head of Asset Management |SFRS Headquarters| Cambuslang G72 7NA | Tel 01698 402317 | Mobile 07721719994 |
Please note that these are draft minutes, and so do not represent LCCC’s agreed positions etc. If there are any queries, please contact LCCC. Due to various connectivity issues, this draft was not approved at the October meeting.
Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held in Leith Community Education Centre on Monday 16 September 2019 at 7:30pm
Actions and decisions are red italic. nem con means that no-one spoke or voted against a decision. Continue reading →
to note: report on Scottish Government Short Term Lets Consultation event
to note: concerns over insufficient fire safety at Shrub Place developments (marketed as ‘Engine Yard’) (Evening News, 02-08-19)
to note: 19/03509/ADV | Advertisement of the following types: Hoarding. | 10 Croall Place EH7 4LT and LCCC request for extension for comments (minded to object)
to note: 19/03802/PAN | Demolition of the existing warehouse and office building. Construction of general market flatted dwellings, affordable flatted dwellings and student accommodation. | 48 – 50 Iona Street Edinburgh EH6 8SW
to note: 19/03433/PAN | Residential development comprising up to 63 apartments, associated infrastructure and landscaping. | 14 Ashley Place Edinburgh EH6 5PX
to note: community master-planning and co-design event (Saturday 21 September 2019, 11-3pm) Leith Proposals: Leith Central Community Council
to note: revised scheme for the Local Plan 2030
to agree: that such conversions in tenemental streets disproportionately benefit owners, while disbenefits accrue to residents through loss of amenity, increased incentives to shop further afield and reduced natural surveillance
to agree: for LCCC to become statutory consultee in such cases to ensure increased scrutiny
to note: opportunity for talk by CEC Archeology Officer and FCA on findings at 70, 72 Newhaven Road (17/01183/FUL)
to note: any other Planning matters relevant to LCCC area
Parks & Green Spaces (5)
to note: update on draft masterplan plan (and timeline) for Coalie Park