Leith Programme Stakeholder Update 97: Phase 4 (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road)

(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.)

Dear Stakeholder

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.

Regards

Michael Motion
Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend

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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Leith Programme stakeholder update: Pilrig St to McDonald Rd, St James, Trams to Newhaven

(adapted from an email sent by Michael Motion of the Leith Programme at 15:58 on 2017_03_16)

 

Phase 4 update (Pilrig Street to McDonald Road)

The upgrade of the Pilrig Street junction is now complete, and the junction has been re-opened to traffic as of 16th March. Works will now continue on Leith Walk as part of the Pilrig Street to MacDonald Road phase of the Leith Programme. The footpath up to Middlefield and outside Sainsbury’s, and completion of outstanding Crighton Place works, which were previously delayed due to Scottish Water infrastructure works, will be the focus over the coming weeks. The Leith Programme Phase 4 end date remains summer 2017.

In addition to the above, and commencing as of Monday 27th March, CEC will be installing a number of planters and trees to Leith Walk at various locations north of Pilrig Street. Continue reading

Leith Walk patching update – Week 4

The following information has been provided via Cllr Nick Gardner (t. 0131 529 3282; e. Nick.Gardner@edinburgh.gov.uk) by CEC’s Transport Design and Delivery section within Traffic & Engineering Services. At this point it is not clear whether the contract will complete for both north- and south-bound carriageways between Brunswick and Picardy by 7 December, as stated in CEC’s stakeholder communication 90 of 21 October 2016

This is the fourth update on the patching works for Leith Walk which started on Sunday 23rd October 2016.

Works have progressed well again this week with the contractor safely negotiating the difficult works at the London Road Roundabout which has inevitably slowed progress down due to the requirement to reset various pieces of ironwork and carry out trial holes and plane the carriageway in two layers to ensure they avoided coming into contact with the London Road Air Raid shelter located on the west side of Antigua Street and under the roundabout itself.

The programme is still ahead of schedule and has now completed sections 6, 7, 5 and 4 (London Road to Annandale Street) and will commence section 3 tomorrow night (Thursday 10/11).

As part of the ongoing management process of patching contracts such as this we are currently assessing the remainder of the works to ensure best value is achieved and whether alternative methods would be better suited to complete the works. I will be in a better position to provide an update on this by next week’s update.

Next week, and in line with previous week’s timings, operations will start at 7.00pm on the evening of Sunday 13th November on the south bound carriageway from Montgomery Street to London Road and continue through to Thursday 17th November including a newly identified section on Leopold Place.

Again, all noisy operations (jackhammers, planers etc.) will be completed by 10.00 o’clock and all operations concluding by 2.00am at the latest.

As ever, please be assured that every effort is continuing to be made complete these works as soon as practicable.

Stakeholder Update 87 – Leith Programme Phase 5 (Brunswick Street to Montgomery Street) Advertising of Draft Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) and Redetermination Order (RSO)

(adapted from an email sent by Alan Dean, Partnership Development Officer, sent on 2016_09_27 at 16:36)

We would like to inform you that the draft TRO and RSO for the next phase of the Leith Programme, Brunswick Street to Montgomery Street, have now been formally advertised. The Orders have been advertised in accordance with statutory requirements and details are viewable on the Council’s website or in person at the City Chambers on the High Street. Please click here to see the details of the proposals contained in both draft Orders. Continue reading