Project Description

Crummock were appointed Principal Contractor to Shawfair LLP, land owners of a large area of land to the South East of Edinburgh called Shawfair, to undertake enabling and infrastructure works, prior to the land being sold to housing developers.

Shawfair will be a new self-sufficient community of 4,000 modern, high quality homes, new schools, shopping, leisure and health facilities built over 15 years.

Scope of Works

To prepare this 1st phase of land for sale to house developers, Shawfair LLP had to undertake extensive works to this area.  Crummock tendered for the works and were awarded the contract to undertake extensive earthworks equating to over 20,000m3.  An existing sewer network had to be relocated and new sewers were also installed.  Diversions to existing ditches were made and a drainage outfall to a new SUDS pond was constructed.  Over 4,000m of concrete drainage piping, ranging in size from 450mm to 900mm diameter was installed at up to a depth of 4.5m.  Over 40 access manholes were also installed over the site.  A new 400m access road was also constructed off Newton Church Road which accesses the busy A6106 commuter road.

Challenges

Due to the very close proximity of Newton Village and Newton Church, which has a cemetery and commonwealth war graves, the site team were well aware of the need to liaise with local people and respond to issues and minimise disruption.  The site is also located between major arterial routes in and out of Edinburgh.  Practical measures to mitigate potential issues included the dampening of the soil during the summer to reduce dust and the use of a road sweeper to ensure that the arterial roads were kept clean at all times.

Outcomes

The initial phase was deemed a success by the client and was delivered on time and to budget.  As an example of community engagement, during the Armistice Day parade ceremony to Newton Church in 2017, Crummock had employees available on the Sunday to ensure that the road was clean and fully accessible to the parade and vehicles.  Crummock received written praise for the Community Council for this act.