Building Briefs – July 27th

Rj-MacleodRJ McLeod to deliver 3km walking/cycling path in Edinburgh

RJ McLeod is to start work on a new walking and cycling route in Edinburgh.

The 3km path will run along the disused railway path which links communities living in Lasswade, Gilmerton, Danderhall and Shawfair.

The project is funded by Transport Scotland and will be delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council and Midlothian Council.

The new route aims to encourage residents and visitors to explore the area by foot and bike.

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-August, with completion scheduled by December.


Clark Contracts begins £2.8m Inverclyde school refurb

Clark Contracts has started work on a £2.8 million school refurbishment project in Inverclyde.

The company is redeveloping and extending Lady Alice Primary School on Old Inverkip Road in Greenock.

Features include forming a new dining area, new entrance areas, upgrade of the playground area and internal refurbishment of the school.

Clark Contracts has delivered multiple projects in Greenock including construction of the new Lidl supermarket and refurbishment of Custom House for Riverside Inverclyde.

In addition, the company is currently delivering the refurbishment of the Former Police Court and Former Education building, both for Inverclyde Council.


Finishing tower at Strathclyde Country Park upgraded

Work to upgrade the finishing tower at Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire is now complete.

The £680,000 scheme, which was funded by both North Lanarkshire Council and sportscotland, has been carried out to comply with the International Rowing Federation, FISA, guidelines ahead of the European Championships Glasgow 2018.

Upgrades include extending the floor space in the upper levels to allow for new judging requirements set by FISA, refurbishing the air conditioning, heating and interior space, and reglazing the building to give unrestricted sightlines for judges, commentators and broadcasters. External improvement work has also been carried out to the roof and parapet, ensuring the facility is watertight and fit for purpose for years to come.


Ecosse Subsea targets carousel market after delivery of 700Te wind farm contract

The ESS Carousel team (from left) (Mark Gillespie - managing director, Paul Collie - carousel build co-ordinator, Iain Middleton - commercial manager, Kevin Harper - project manager)
The ESS Carousel team (from left) (Mark Gillespie - managing director, Paul Collie - carousel build co-ordinator, Iain Middleton - commercial manager, Kevin Harper - project manager)

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has successfully designed, built and delivered a 700Te carousel to a major international infrastructure group.

The 700Te carousel designed with the capacity to be upgraded to 1700Te will be used for the storage of cables required for UK offshore wind farm projects.

The design and project management phases were conducted at ESS headquarters in Banchory near Aberdeen, with partial manufacture undertaken at ESS subsidiary firm MASfab in County Durham.

Now ESS, a specialist subsea and energy sector engineering company will look to win similar orders for the design and construction of carousels for onshore and offshore use.

This is the second onshore storage carousel ESS have delivered, having previously successfully completed a 800Te offshore rated unit on behalf of a major renewables client.

ESS are currently best known for the design build and use of their world leading SCAR equipment which is used for seabed conditioning and boulder clearing, trenching and backfill.


Glenrothes Energy Network site investigations to begin

Site investigations are set to begin as part of the proposed Glenrothes Energy Network project in Fife.

The project involves building a new underground network of pipes to supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes.

A local biomass CHP plant owned and operated by RWE will provide heat in the form of hot water.

As part of the project, eight trial pits and ten bore holes will be formed at various locations throughout the centre of the town from July 31.

These works will identify the location of existing utility services so the energy network pipework avoids them and will establish general ground conditions along the proposed route of the network.


Two wind farms to be developed by ESB and REG

Irish energy firm ESB and REG Power Management have signed an agreement to develop two wind farms in Scotland.

The Development Services Agreement has been signed to build the wind farms at Knockodhar and Greenburn.

It is hoped that Knockodhar could accommodate up to 50 turbines and Greenburn, approximately 15 turbines. Together the two wind farms will have a combined capacity of approximately 200 MW.

Fife road upgrade project to begin

Work is to start on a £56,000 road improvement project in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Resurfacing works will begin on the B981 Chapel Level, from Rowanbrae roundabout to Robert Adam Drive, from Monday, 31 July.

The scheme will take place from 7.30pm – 6am for one week.

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