Start of project to create a user-friendly community park area

A sod-cutting ceremony was held today for the start of a £1.546million project which will create a new user-friendly community park out of scrubland.

The Middlefield Project will include raising the Scatterburn from underground to above ground to work as a flood alleviation scheme, creating new pedestrian and cycle-friendly paths, improved pavements on two streets beside the development, and installing new landscaping to create an attractive park area which will be user-friendly to the residents living in the surrounding areas.

The Scatterburn used to be above ground however it is believed town planners put it underground just after WWII.

The scheme includes £500K from Aberdeen City Council for flood alleviation works, £426,813 from Scottish Natural Heritage for environmental improvements, £150,445 from Nestrans for pedestrian priority works on Provost Rust Drive and Manor Avenue, and a provisional award of £469,093 from Sustrans for Active Travel route improvements. The provisional award looks to be agreed once Aberdeen City Council and Sustrans confirm designs.

Aberdeen City Council communities, housing and infrastructure convener Councillor Yvonne Allan said: “It’s fantastic that work has started on the Middlefield Project as it will make a big difference in the lives of people who live in the area to have an attractive park on their doorstep.

“The community will also be involved in helping to design the new planting areas of the park which will complement some of existing natural features in the area.

“I look forward to watching the work progressing in the coming months and we are pleased to be working with our partners.”

Mike Cantlay, chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage, said: “The impact of a robust green infrastructure on a community can be revolutionary, from improving physical and mental health, attracting business to an area, to reducing flood risk and improving biodiversity.

“The Green Infrastructure Fund provides a unique opportunity to create better places for people and wildlife on an unprecedented scale across urban Scotland. It is inspiring to see work begin on these exciting projects today in areas where this type of transformation is most needed.”

Tom Bishop, community links manager, Sustrans Scotland, said: “Sustrans welcomes the development at Middlefield and looks forward to seeing the space developed to become a community amenity that supports active travel in Aberdeen.

“Our provisional offer of funding for this project is subject to sign off of designs between ourselves and Aberdeen City Council but we are confident that active travel will be at the heart of the plans.”

The project is being split into phases with the ground-clearing and Scatterburn work in the first phase. Local residents should be aware there will contractors’ vehicles going to and fore this week while the contractors’ compound is created. The main contractor is the Cleantech Group.

Once the contractors’ vehicles are on site, most of them will be staying on site until the first phase is finished. The first phase will also mean the site is expected to be extremely muddy over the winter months until the planting starts in late Spring.

The work programme is to start by setting up the site compound at the west end erecting protective fencing and forming a haul road, and then work will start on embankments at the eastern end, working back from the lowest level in an upstream direction.

The local community steering group is going through a process for naming the park when it is finished.

Picture caption: Councillor Yvonne Allan, Wima Collie (Middlefield Project steering group) Fiona Gray (member of the Steering group), Gavin Clark, Marguerita Davidson (member of the steering group) with 2 year old Stephen Wilkie and Mum Kasie Maitland.

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Cleantech start works on Phase Two of Inverness Flood Defences

Cleantech Civils have recently started works on a 12 month-long project to build the second phase of the River Ness Flood Alleviation Scheme in Inverness City Centre.

The works are in the City of Inverness along and adjacent to both banks of the River Ness from Friars’ Bridge to, approximately, the mouth of the River Ness. Cleantech Civils were appointed Civils Sub-contractor by the Main Contractor, McLaughlin & Harvey.

The river is the main natural feature of the City of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and its banks are steeped in a wealth of history. The River Ness has burst its banks numerous times throughout history, often with devastating consequences. The most disruptive event occurred in 1989 when the railway viaduct was swept away with the floods. The new flood defences will protect 800 homes and 200 businesses in the city centre and will feature a public arts programme to complement streetscape enhancements.

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ScottishPower Renewables officially opens Harestanes Wind Farm

ScottishPower Renewables has officially opened the 136 megawatt (MW) Harestanes Wind Farm near Dumfries, one of Scotland’s largest onshore wind farms.

The £160 million project has supported more than 150 jobs over the past two years, 60 directly from the local community. The wind farm will produce enough renewable energy to meet the average electricity demands of over 73,000 homes per year.

The full site covers an area of 20 km2 in the Forest of Ae, which is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland. As well as installing 68 wind turbines, construction work has also included the development of new operations and maintenance building, and the creation of 11km of new tracks and paths which will be opened to members of the public for recreational use. Mountain bikers have also benefited, with a new 4km trail being built on the famous 7stanes cycle route.

Cleantech Civils were employed by Main Contractor Farrans (Construction) Ltd, to carry out the construction of the main access roads, drainage, hard standings and excavation of the turbine bases for 22 of the turbines on site.

Keith Anderson, of Scottish Power Renewables, said “it is fantastic to see the project fully completed after a number of years of planning and preparation”.

Whilst Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing said; “Projects like this provide considerable benefits to reducing our carbon emissions and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of 100 per cent of electricity demand generated from renewables as well as contributing to sustainable economic growth, investment and jobs”.

 

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Athea Wind Farm scoops ‘Prestigious CEEQUAL Award’

atheaSSE’s Athea Wind Farm in Co. Limerick has received a prestigious CEEQUAL award for the work carried out during its construction. The project has been awarded ‘Excellent’, CEEQUAL’s highest level of achievement, scoring an impressive 92%.
CEEQUAL is an assessment and awards scheme that aims to improve sustainability in civil engineering and public realm projects. It celebrates projects that go above and beyond to achieve high social and environmental standards.
Athea Wind Farm is only the second ever project in Ireland to receive the award, after the N7 toll road and the first ever wind farm in Ireland to receive the award.

P&S Civil Works were employed by the Kirby Group, to carry out the cabling and ducting works contract. Our works package was successfully completed under a stringent 3 month programme.

Seamus Lynch, SSE’s Project Manager for Athea Wind Farm, said: “We’re very proud of the work carried out during the construction of Athea. It was a big job when we started, so it’s very rewarding to have the site up and running and producing energy. At SSE we place a huge emphasis on sustainability, so it’s fantastic to have that recognised in the results of the CEEQUAL assessment.”

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Official Opening of The Burren Tourist Facility in County Cavan

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The Cavan Burren Park is a mythical, spiritual landscape of monuments, megalithic tombs, hut sites and pre-bog walls all of which survive from pre-historic times and are located within metres of each other. The Gaelic word ‘Boireann’ means ‘a stony place’. The Park offers stunning views of Cuilcagh Mountain, West Cavan and the greater Global Geopark.

The brand new visitor centre interpreting the story of man and his life in Cavan Burren Park opened on the 9th May 2014. Minister Phil Hogan along with members from Cavan County Council, Coillte, P&S Civil Works and the general public attended the open day which was a huge success!

It is envisaged that the site will develop as a tourist destination over the next number of years. A number of events will be held on the site each year, the purpose of these events will be to raise the profile of the facility and to attract people to the region who would not normally visit a border location. An App interpreting the entire park will be launched and tour guides will be available for tours.

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Phil Hogan the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government addresses the crowd