As part of its expansion strategy in Scotland, 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 Covid-19 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.