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.
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.
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 |