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Stack to be erected on Sunday 6 September

Updated: 4 September 2020

Weather permitting, the facility’s stack will be erected this Sunday (6th September). This procedure was originally scheduled to take place during the week, however, this week’s high winds and next week’s forecast of more bad weather mean that Sunday is the only safe day on which the lifting of the stack can take place.

It is highly unusual for us to have to work on a Sunday, however, we do not expect the erection of the stack to create any discernible noise in the local area and no other work will take place on site during the day.

We would again like to thank the local community for bearing with us through this construction process.

Further piling to start in August

Updated: 30 July 2020

Construction on site is progressing well and we are reaching the final phases of piling. Over the next few weeks, we will be laying more pile foundations and unfortunately, some piling sessions are likely to be quite loud. The level of disturbance may vary – ground conditions, background traffic noise, the weather and the type of pile that is being laid are all likely to affect how much noise will carry.

We have already laid around 80 per cent of piles and this latest programme of activity will continue intermittently until around October.

As before, piling will only ever take place during our agreed working hours of 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

We are very grateful to local people for their patience and understanding so far, and we ask them to bear with us during this latest phase of piling. We will try to minimise disturbance whenever we can, however, piling is unfortunately an unavoidable part of the construction process.

We will provide further updates on this page and ask you to please contact us if you have any concerns.

Two days of piling in July

Updated: 7 July 2020

On Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July, we will be carrying out two further days of piling. Although the installation of these piles should be less noisy than the precast piling which took place in June, there may still be some disturbance to the local community during the day.

As before, piling will only ever take place during our agreed working hours of 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Piling on the project is now over 80 per cent complete. We are very grateful to the local community, which has been so understanding in recent weeks about this crucial part of the construction process. We will provide further updates on this page and ask you to please contact us if you have any concerns.

Piling Update: Summer 2020

Updated: 26 June 2020

Over the next few weeks, we will be laying deep foundations (pile foundations) in the ground. Unfortunately, this will sometimes be quite loud and people living nearby will be able to hear it during the day.

Some piling took place in early June and a small number of pile tests will take place at the beginning of July for just a few days. In August, a longer session of piling is scheduled and there is likely to be noise from the site during the day for around three weeks.

As with previous piling sessions, piling will take place only during our approved working hours (8am to 7pm).

This work is a necessary and unavoidable stage of the construction process and we hope you will bear with us.

If you need to contact us at any time, please email info@earlsgateconstruction.co.uk and we will do what we can to minimise disturbance.

Renewed call for Local Liaison Committee members

Updated: 25 February 2020

The Earl Gate Local Liaison Committee was set up last year to gather feedback from local residents and provide information to the community during construction, through commissioning and into the facility’s operational phase.

The two meetings held so far have been well attended by representatives from community organisations but we are looking for more local residents to join us.

The committee meets around once a quarter although there may be occasional extra meetings when the need arises. Those interested in joining are asked to contact us to request an application form.

The next meeting will be held in April.

Latest News on Piling Work

Updated: 14 February 2020

Piling work, which is needed to lay deep foundations for the new facility, restarted on Monday 10th February and will continue for about a fortnight.

Over three-quarters of the piles have been installed with around 1000 of the total 1300 already completed. Levels of noise will be similar to earlier phases of piling, however this time, only around five piles per day will be installed rather than the previous 15 to 20.

We will do our best to minimise disturbance at all times but we ask the local community to bear with us throughout this important stage of the construction process and contact us if they have any problems.

Local Liaison Committee launched

Updated: 11 July 2019

We are seeking community representatives to join a liaison committee for local people.

The committee will gather feedback and opinions from local residents and provide information to the community during construction, through commissioning and into the facility’s operational phase, with the aim of ensuring the project proceeds with minimal impact and disruption to the local community.

The committee will meet around once a quarter although there may be occasional extra meetings when the need arises. Places are limited so those interested in joining are asked to email info@earlsgateconstruction.co.uk to request an application form.

The deadline for responses is Monday 12th August and the first meeting will take place shortly afterwards.

More information is available on the Local Liaison Committee page.

Piling Work

Updated: 11 June 2019

We recently started piling work to lay deep foundations. In order to complete this work as quickly as possible and to comply with our planning conditions, piling will run daily from Monday to Saturdays until mid-November this year. We are doing everything we can to shorten this timescale and finish earlier.

This work is a necessary and unavoidable stage of the construction process and we hope you will bear with us. If you need to contact us at any time, please email info@earlsgateconstruction.co.uk or phone 0131 618 8878 and we will do what we can to minimise disturbance.

Jobs Fair

Updated: 16 May 2019

In May 2019, we held a jobs fair for people to find out about construction-related jobs opportunities and longer term employment prospects at the facility.

If you were unable to attend the event, but are still interested in a role during the construction phase, please visit our contact page where you will find further details on how to submit your CV.

Meet the Buyer

Updated: 22 March 2019

In March 2019, we held a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for local suppliers to meet our procurement teams and explore opportunities to bid for the contracts that will be offered over the course of the project.

A wide range of goods and services will be needed including catering services, office supplies, cleaning and accommodation, as well as engineering and construction.

If you missed the event but are interested in registering as a potential supplier, you can still send us your company details.