Aldi Leith

As part of its expansion strategy in Scotland, retailer Aldi had secured planning permission to build a new store on the former Sandport Industrial Estate in the heart of Leith, Edinburgh’s busy historic port area. The team had to contend with two major issues – a tight site and Covid-19.

Installing the roof in a confined space

The 1.125 acre-site shared with Kinloch Anderson, Edinburgh’s oldest highlandwear retailer, is bounded on three sides by Sandport Street, Dock Street and Commercial Street, which is one of Leith’s busiest thoroughfares.

This presented significant access challenges for the team, which was forced to use a lattice-frame lifting beam in order to lower in the 13 metre Euroclad Veio steel seams. Space was so tight in fact, that a part of the Kingspan Topdek roof had to be left open so that plant could be craned into the site. Meanwhile, the team had to create and maintain strict segregation measures for pedestrians on Commercial Street, which would be where the store’s frontage would face onto.

Working during the pandemic

CRS takes the safety of its operatives and the public very seriously, however, Covid-19 presented a completely new and exceptional health challenge. Other trades had stopped working, however, after careful consideration of advice from the Construction Leadership Council and Build UK, CRS’s senior management team decided that work would be able to continue safely.

Both CRS and Projekt Construction teams implemented new Site Operating Procedures (SOP) developed by the Construction Leadership Council for Covid-19, which are based on Public Health England guidelines, and include protocols for social distancing on site, both during installation and for rest periods. By following the SOP to the letter, the team were able to stay safe and healthy during the entire progression of works.

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Project Location

Leith, Scotland

Roof Type

Single Ply & Metal Cladding




  • Kingspan Topdek (Comprised of a single-ply membrane with PIR insulation and trapezoidal steel deck)
  • Euroclad Veio (Steel strip with RAL 7016 HPS finish, incorporating Rockwool insulation over an inverted liner system)
  • Armourplan (Single ply membrane and coated flashings)
  • Factra insulated gutters

What the client said

Aldi Leith, which will become an important local shopping landmark, is one of six stores being constructed in Scotland as part of their ambitious expansion plans, yet we recognised that Covid-19 might have an impact on the construction schedule of this key project. We were therefore incredibly impressed by CRS’s can-do attitude to deliver the project, while following Covid-19 health guidelines to keep everyone safe.

That can-do attitude was demonstrated to full-effect by Contracts Manager Phillip Callaghan’s robust management of what is a logistically challenging urban site at the best of times. Yet despite the exceptional circumstances, CRS has delivered a roof of exceptional quality for what will be a high profile local shopping destination. I would therefore also like to thank Tom Todd and James Camble who installed the Kingspan Topdek and Euroclad Veio roofs. Both CRS installer teams demonstrated an attention to detail while working quickly and efficiently.

Martin TaylorConstruction Manager, Projekt Construction
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