From Sheila Tolmie of McLaughlin & Harvey –
You will have seen site activity on recent non-working weekends, this was necessary for essential works as regrettably works largely have to cease prior to, during and following flood events and this is particularly challenging and will remain so until the works are complete.
As a result of recent flood events, scheduled works were delayed which in turn hindered progress and therefore targeted works were undertaken to make up for the impacted areas.
When there is a forecast of heavy rain we endeavour to mitigate any potential lost time by getting as much work below the water line complete before this occurs. This enables us to fall back to areas which work can be undertaken when we have heavy rainfall and subsequently high water levels in the river.
Therefore, for your clarification we are now back to the normal working weekend rotation and the site will be working this Saturday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and a small team on Sunday 10 – 4 p.m.
As per previously advised see below:
Type of works on Saturday from 7 a.m. – 5 pm.
Continuation of current works including masonry work, general groundworks, excavation, cropping of piles/pile preparation, setting up shutters and pouring concrete to floodwalls.
The following works will be prohibited during the Saturday extended hours:
- Piling equipment that involve the use of vibrating hammer or drop hammer
- Rock breakers above 3t.
Type of works on a Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Masonry work, general groundworks, setting up shutters for concrete pours.
The following works will be prohibited during the Sunday extended hours:
- All Piling Works (Permanent works and temporary works)
- Rock breakers – All sizes
Going forward the following are the next ten working weekends taking into account the site is closed from Friday 18th December, restarting Monday 4th January 2021 for the festive break. Any activity on non-working weekends would be for essential purposes only e.g. flood event
- 14th and 15th November 2020
- 28th and 29th November 2020
- 12th and 13th December 2020
- 9th and 10th January 2021
- 23rd and 24th January 2021
- 6th and 7th February 2021
- 20th and 21st February 2021
- 6th and 7th March 2021
- 20th and 21st March 2021
- 3rd and 4th April 2021
Importantly, the objective of the above schedule is to provide a full weekend off twice a month from construction activity protecting both the wellbeing of the workforce and demonstrating consideration to the community. We hope this clarifies the situation and demonstrates our commitment to both progress the works and show due consideration by providing these key dates for your own planning purposes.