George Leslie Ltd

Key Facts

  • Client: Forth Ports Authority
  • Engineer: Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Conditions of contract: NEC3
  • Contract value: £432,000
  • Duration of works: June – October 2006 (14 weeks)

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Wastewater Treatment Works

Western Harbour Pumping Station NO.3

This project involved the provision of a wastewater pumping station with an adjacent emergency storage tank complete with chemical dosing. The new facility was constructed on made ground and formed a part of the new infrastructure required for the predominantly residential development at Western Harbour on the Forth estuary, in the north of Edinburgh.

The 3m diam. pumping station was constructed as a 7m deep caisson. As the works was constructed within an infilled harbour, flotation of both the completed shaft and during construction had to be considered. The additional weight of the jacking collar was sufficient during construction operations and the permanent shaft was ‘oversunk’ to accommodate a 3m concrete plug. The Emergency Storage Tank was required to provide adequate storage during a plant failure so as to prevent in spills to the Forth estuary. The 13mx7m x 4m deep tank was of in-situ reinforced concrete construction, complete with tipping bucket arrangement for automatic cleaning to prevent odour problems. The ground conditions and high water table lead to the tank being constructed within a piled cofferdam,

The contract was administered by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd under the NEC 2nd edition, Option C, Cost Reimbursable Conditions of Contract, with  close cooperation between the site team and client’s agent ensuring that the project progressed smoothly and was delivered on time, within budget.

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GL return to the Sound of Kerrera

GL making a return visit to the Sound of Kerrera off Oban, to undertake substantial repairs to the breakwater which suffered collision damage following an altercation with a workboat earlier this year.

14th December 2018

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Polmadie Bridge official opening……..

Michael Matheson MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity covered all his portfolios at the official opening of the new Polmadie Footbridge giving pedestrian and cycle transport access,

18th September 2018

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