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Mcdonald Road Fire Station and Museum of Fire: Update

Residents Letter – 007 – Progress Update to October 2020

Dear Resident,

In the period the following works have been carried out on site at McDonald Road

  • Roof installation complete
  • Structural steelwork & secondary bracing steel work complete
  • SFS framing and cement board installation to all elevations complete
  • Commencement of backing structure in preparation for cladding
  • Winter readiness works carried out
  • Installation of fire sprinkler systems commenced

In the run up to the xmas holidays we will be progressing the envelope cladding & will be commencing internal fit out works including first fix electrical, plumbing & joinery works.

Due to the pandemic that we are currently all living with, we hope that this newsletter continues to find you and your families safe & well.

If you require any further information, please feel free to contact me on the details below.

Regards

Owen Cherrie
Senior Project Manager
Robertson Construction Central East Ltd
07817 785993
o.cherrie@robertson.co.uk

Here’s the original PDF: Residents letter Number 007 – October 2020 Update

Bonfire night – advice from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has published a fire-safety leaflet for 5 November. Please read the full leaflet but here is the section on ‘bonfire safety’:

  • Never drink alcohol if you are tending a bonfire or setting off fireworks – remember it is an offence to consume alcohol in a public place.
  • To reduce the emission of harmful smoke and combustion products bonfires should comprise of untreated wood and paper based materials only.
  • There is a danger of explosion from pressurised containers or sealed vessels amongst bonfire material or irresponsibly thrown on burning bonfires.
  • Never throw fireworks on bonfires.
  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite bonfires – use proprietary fire lighters.
  • Smoke from bonfires must not pose a public nuisance, affect visibility on roads or otherwise inconvenience vehicular traffic.
  • Sparks, flying embers or burning debris must not endanger nearby property.
  • Never leave a burning/smouldering bonfire unsupervised – make sure it is completely extinguished.

And on disposal of fireworks

  • After your display used fireworks should be disposed of by soaking for a least a few hours in water before placing in a plastic bag then disposing of the soaked, bagged fireworks in your outdoor general refuse bin.
  • If you have any fireworks which did not work, do not return to them till after your display has finished. At the end of the display the faulty fireworks should also be soaked, bagged and binned.

McDonald Road Fire Station works update

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.

You can find out more about the ongoing development at robertson.co.uk/project/museum-fire-mcdonald-road-edinburgh

Proposed Bus, Cycle and Taxi gates, segregated cycle lanes and Footway widening on Forrest Road, The Mound, South Bridge and George IV Bridge (and North Bridge)

LCCC received the email below on 8 June 2020 along with drawings for Forrest Road, The Mound, George IV Bridge, South Bridge (a fifth drawing for North Bridge was obtained separately from NTBCC’s website), inviting us to respond within five business days to the proposals.

Given that five days are insufficient to allow for a considered response to complex proposals, even at the best of times, we wrote back (see below) stating that LCCC is not in a position to respond formally and substantially while much of public and democratic life is curtailed under emergency powers and LCCC is not able to hold public, properly constituted meetings.

LCCC regrets that the procedural shortcomings of a foreshortened consultation process may impinge on the quality of the proposed measures and undermine public trust and support.

Residents may wish to respond individually. If so, write to spacesforpeople@edinburgh.gov.uk by 5pm on Monday, 15 June 2020.

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TDD-637129-1200-09 George IV Bridge

TDD-637129-1200-10 The Mound

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McDonald Road fire station update

(adapted from an email from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, in response to LCCC’s query about the apparent slow-down in work on McDonald Rd fire station)

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

Kindest Regards

Iain Morris | Head of Asset Management |SFRS Headquarters| Cambuslang G72 7NA | Tel 01698 402317 | Mobile 07721719994 |

LCCC January 2020 approved minutes

Minutes of the ordinary meeting of Leith Central Community Council, held at McDonald Road library on Monday 20 January 2020 at 7:00pm Continue reading