Crummock were appointed as Principal Contractor to reconfigure the existing road access, a large area of car parking, and hard landscaping within Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, Edinburgh. Previously buses would follow a convoluted route around Kinnaird Park, however now the works are completed the buses are routed in front of shops such as TK Maxx and HomeSense, adding to their footfall.
The scope of works included; the reconfiguration of an existing access road, re-alignment of existing car parking, constructing a new car park layout, and retail unit entrance areas, drainage including attenuation tanks, hard landscaping, ducting, soft landscaping and road markings and CCTV. In terms of paving, 1,600m2 Saxon slabs, 500m2 grey tegular and 800m2 of charcoal slabs were laid.
Crummock's first job at Fort Kinnaird was back in 2008, and since then we have won a further six contracts of varying size and value.
For the current project, we were asked to assist with construction of a new access road, car parking and hard landscaping improvement. We initially worked with their design team to negotiate rates to complete the work within an agreed timescale and where possible carry out value engineering works. After a six month consultation process, we were in a position to discuss the more detailed scope of works, design issues, phasing of the work, management of diversion routes and generally how to minimise inconvenience to the existing retail units.
We were instructed to commence works in June 2015 and have been on site since 20th July and complete prior to the start of the Christmas shopping rush. Due to a subsequent change relating to the bus route, there was a slight delay in completion of the works, which resulted in the car park taking a further two weeks to complete.
During the course of works, we were also asked if we could install a new CCTV System to the whole area involving ducting installation, column erection, testing and commissioning, all of which has now been completed.
The site was a busy retail shopping center and at all times the public were separated from the works by Heras fencing and any plant movements used a banksman to ensure the safety of the public and construction workers. Due to the public nature of the works, Crummock's workers were briefed on maintaining their normal presentable and personable manner and to answer and questions from the public in a polite and informative way.
Daily meetings were held with the British Land site team to agree the works for the day and to take into account any concerns of the British Land team or the retail businesses. At all times Crummock minimised inconvenience to the retail businesses and the shopping public, by daily communication with all stakeholders and enabling safe access to all retailers.