New speed limit for Queensferry Crossing
The current 40 mph speed limit restrictions on the new Queensferry Crossing are set to be raised to 50 mph ahead of Monday morning’s peak as part of the ongoing, phased introduction of the managed crossing strategy across the Forth.
The current 40 mph speed limit has been in place for driver and worker safety during construction of the bridge and tie-ins with the road network and existing Forth Road Bridge (FRB). As these works reach their final phases, the limit on the M90 across the Forth can now be safely raised to 50 mph between Scotstoun in the south and Admiralty in the north.
This follows the first stage of reopening the FRB for public transport use last month. Scheduled public buses began using the older bridge on October 13 and the necessary works to allow other buses, taxis and motorcycles to join them on the FRB are nearing completion. Finally, full motorway and public transport corridor regulations are expected to come into force later in the year.
Once the new bridge is a fully operational motorway, the speed limit will be 70 mph, apart from when the variable mandatory speed limit is in place, as dictated by the Intelligent Transport System. The normal statutory processes are underway to allow the bridge to move to motorway status and successful completion of the Roads Orders will conclude the required formalities.
Transport Scotland Traffic Scotland, Amey and Forth Bridges Operating Company and continue to monitor the performance of the new bridge, surrounding roads and adjoining junctions. Although the unusual opening tourist traffic has now subsided, with volumes and journey times returning to more usual levels, the new arrangements are still bedding in and are being kept under review.
Traffic Scotland Operator Manager, Stein Connelly said: “The new 50 mph speed limit on the Queensferry Crossing will be in place for the Monday morning peak and drivers will be advised by our signs on the approach roads.
“As always, we would urge road users to be aware of the change and take care as they get used to the new limit. Traffic Scotland will have all of the latest real-time travel information on our mobile site , twitter feed and radio.”
CCG Asset Management Commence contract with East Lothian Council
CCG Asset Management has commenced Phase 2 of a Planned Maintenance Project on behalf of East Lothian Council.
The works include new kitchen and bathrooms, as well as heating, rewiring, and decoration to 19 properties throughout the East Lothian area.
The contract was directly awarded through the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) KB3 Workstream 1 Framework, a procurement route that offers public sector organisations quick and efficient access to contractors that are competitively priced, assured of quality, and can give delivery period and service level guarantees.
CCG Asset Management Manager, Stephen Riley, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a second phase of this contract by East Lothian Council. Phase 1 of the contract was hugely successful: the AM site team completed 16 property upgrades. Now, with Phase 2, we will continue our approach to working as efficiently and effectively as possible whilst maintaining the highest quality standard.”
Douglas Proudfoot, head of development at East Lothian Council, said: “We are pleased to be working with CCG Asset Management to upgrade second hand properties which have been purchased on the open market to provide much needed homes.”
Hillcrest to complete £4m development in 2018 after last phase approved
Hillcrest Housing Association will complete a £4 million development of 40 homes in Dundee by next October.
Councillors have approved the final part of the project – four semi-detached properties on the Eliza Street site, separate from the other 36 properties.
However, it was approved subject to the conditions that Scottish Waterapproves the proposed drainage system and that all gates for the homes open inwards.
A spokesperson for the Association said: “I can confirm that work on our development at Eliza Street has started. The project completion date is the end of October 2018.”
Ogilvie Construction began work on the flats during the summer, each of which have three bedrooms and more than 50 square metres of garden, and will be built to the Greener Homes Innovation Scheme.
Work finished on Clyde Gateway manufacturing and engineering facility
Construction work is now complete on a new 27,500 sq ft manufacturing and engineering facility at Clyde Gateway East Business Park in Glasgow.
The £3m industrial unit is close to junction 2A of the M74 motorway and is a rare breed in these days when speculative development is hard to fund.
The property has 25,500 sq ft of high specification column-free workspace with seven-metre internal height.
Wilton Lodge Park regeneration project update
Wilton Lodge Park’s new café will be open by 8 February 2018, Scottish Borders Council has said.
Operator Caterleisure have confirmed the café will be opened by this date, ensuring the facility will be available for the mid-term school holidays.
The announcement confirms Caterleisure’s commitment to the café, with their plans at a well-developed stage and the planning permission and building warrant nearing conclusion.
The café is part of the £3.64million Wilton Lodge Park regeneration project, which has already delivered a number of new facilities including the hugely popular new play-park, cycle paths, Zandra Elliot Bandstand, Walled Garden, upgraded Waterfall Walk and improved Hawick Museum, alongside the summer events programme.
A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “We welcome Caterleisure’s confirmation of the date for the opening of the new café, which will undoubtedly be a significant asset for Wilton Lodge Park and Hawick for years to come.
“We also understand and share the frustration of the people of Hawick regarding the delays to the completion of the café but now we have confirmation of the opening, we are sure Caterleisure will provide a quality service for all users of the park. This includes the cafe being open for 12 months of the year for park users, a significant improvement on the initial plans to open the facility only on a seasonal basis.”
A total of 250,000 people visit Wilton Lodge Park each year, but the series of improvements to the park through the regeneration project are expected to increase this number, providing long-term benefits to Hawick.
Forbes Place receives mention from Aberdeen Civic Society
Aberdeen’s first build to rent (BTR) scheme, Forbes Place by developer Dandara, has received a mention from Aberdeen Civic Society at its annual awards ceremony.
The Society, which is made up of architects and property industry professionals, commended Dandara for the use of exterior brickwork to compliment the environment, the impressive landscaping around the development and the discreet use of underground parking.
There were 20 prizes awarded, shortlisted from 40 nominations, at the presentation at Aberdeen Town House.
Dandara Living lettings manager Mandy Anderson said: “We are committed to ensuring each of our developments compliments the surrounding area so we appreciate the positive comments from Aberdeen Civic Society.
“Forbes Place is perfect for professionals who want a superb standard of accommodation, without having to worry about securing a mortgage or the landlord changing the lease terms.
“We have seen a huge uptake in our apartments and expect to be fully let by the New Year.”
Forbes Place features 276 apartments and 16 townhouses all furnished and available for rental only, offering residents high quality, purpose-built accommodation within the award-winning Stoneywood development.
Selkirk remains open during A7 works
Scottish Borders Council has said Selkirk remains open for business during November despite a series of works taking place in the town.
The main works will see trunk road operator Amey resurface the A7 at Ettrick Terrace from Monday 13 to Friday 24 November.
The A7 will also be closed at Tower Street from Monday 20 to Friday 24 November for a series of co-ordinated works by Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Gas Networks and Scottish Power which have been scheduled to take place at the same time as the Amey works.
The decision to co-ordinate the works is an effort to minimise the disruption to a shorter period of time.
Ettrick Terrace (A7) – 13 to 24 November
A convoy system will operate from 13 to 17 November on the road from 9am to 4pm. The road will fully reopen on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, before a full closure of the road from 20 to 24 November from 9am to 4pm will take place to allow the works to be completed.
Tower Street (A7) – 20 to 24 November
From 20 to 24 November, Tower Street will be closed from the High Street junction to the Back Row junction.
Tower Street will be closed 24 hours each day to allow the Council to carry out vital works associated with the £450,000 Selkirk Streetscape project, while SGN will replace a gas main and Scottish Power will perform important works to their network at the same time.
The permanent pedestrian crossing on the High Street will be switched off but an additional crossing will be included alongside temporary traffic lights. There will also be manual control of the temporary traffic lights between 7am to 7pm to ensure traffic flows and pedestrians are kept safe.
Source: Scottish Construction Now!
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