Or rather, up with the bricks. The main facades are now almost complete – covered in sheets of perfect bricklaying, separated into panels by expansion joints. Most windows are in, leaving only the slightly mysterious “columns” framework, incorporating the main entrance, to be completed.
Already, we can see it will be a gentle and calm shell for what should prove a lively new school. Today, of course, there is mayhem as the main connections to water, sewerage and power are made. To do this, Duddingston Road is reduced to one carriage way, with traffic light control. Even with this, parents continue to park to drop off kids, oblivious to the dangers to themselves and others. Life will be different when St John’s main entrance is on a main road.
Everything is still on track for the new school to open at the beginning of the autumn term on 16 August 2018.
As you will have seen on a daily basis we are progressing apace on the new St. John’s Primary School on Duddingston Road.
We are now approaching the phase of the project where we need to bring the service supplies into the site from the surrounding area. Given the location of these services in the centre of Duddingston Road we will need to close the carriageway closest to the site for a period of 4-6 weeks starting on Monday 26th March.
From the traffic management plan below you will see we intend to close the footpath adjacent to the site. We will also reduce the road to a single carriageway under temporary light control. This will allow us to bring in all services in the same period.
During this period we will keep the surrounding area clean using a road brush, labourers and forklift and we will return the road and footpath to normal service as quickly as possible.
ln the meantime, if you have any questions about the work activity please do not hesitate to contact us on the number below.
The City of Edinburgh Planning Portal has just published a response from the architects to the comments made during the planning application consultation. A lot of detailed information which should allow the planning process to continue to a decision.
The building is getting skinned. Thousands of bricks are being laid and now we can see the emerging colour of the building. Windows are in for most of the building as are internal partitions. People can be seen moving from room to room.
We hear that handover of the building may be delayed into July. The building itself will be complete in June but the contractors may not have finished the grounds. Some parts of the nursery roof proved difficult (and who would want to be working up there in recent weather?). There is still an air of confident efficiency around the whole site.
The original plan was for the new School main building to be wind and watertight by 5 February – that has not quite been achieved. Even so the scaffolding is up round most of the building which will allow the bricklayers to get the final skin built. It has been cold, windy, wet and snowy – tricky until the windows are in.
The timetable says that the superstructure is to be complete by 15 December and it looks as if that might be met. This week we have seen concrete floors being poured – not sure if the roof is on yet – and the insulation for some walls being fitted. It is now possible to see that the school will be an attractive design, robust but not dominating. And built on time.
The demolition of oldSt John’s has been approved and the consultation period for the planning permission for the Treverlen Park closes shortly.
From a distance, over the high fence, it looks as though there are dinghies in a marina but close up it is a drunken row of fence posts surrounding the new all weather pitch. Compared to the mathematical precision of the school building itself this seems a bit strange but further round they are being aligned – a work in progress.
The Meccano of the building is almost complete and the full outline of the building can now be seen – this view above is of the school office and dining hall. The gently sloping roof will be concealed by a level brick façade. The view below is of the classrooms facing Duddingston Road, making full use of the sun.