Project Overview

GRAHAM is the Civil Engineering contractor working on behalf of Forth Ports to create Scotland’s largest Renewable Energy Hub at the Port of Leith.

The ambitious facility will support Scotland’s economic recovery, energy transition plans and the achievement of the country’s net zero carbon emissions targets as well as create a large number of high quality, long term direct jobs and indirect jobs to Leith specifically.

Part of the hub is the creation of a riverside berth which will be capable of accommodating offshore wind installation vessels. There will also be the creation of 175 acres of adjacent land for logistics, marshalling and renewables manufacturing.

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Project update (4th December)

Phase 1 of the piling works is complete; this phase comprised the installation of 140no. 1.2m diameter tubular piles in lengths of up to 32m. The team are now installing a combi wall along the outermost row of piles as part of phase 2 this element of work is 50% complete. The combi wall comprises both sheet piles and tubular piles. All piling works are due for completion in January.

The EX1900 hydraulic excavator, one of the largest in the UK, is on the revetment placing secondary and primary rock armour. This element of work is 10% complete and is due for completion in February.

45no. capping plates have been installed thus far atop the tubular piles. These plates will support the concrete precast units.

33,000t of rock armour has also been delivered to site by sea, this rock armour will be used to construct the new revetment. The project received an initial delivery of 7,800t of Type 1 stone which has been placed over the cement stabilised area and will act as the wearing course on which the plant and equipment involved in the operation of the hub will run on. The project has now precast all 108 units that are to be placed on top of the tubular piles to form the new quay. Placement of these units shall commence in January.

An area of 90,000m2 has been cement stabilised with the remaining 50,000m2 due for completion next year. 2000 linear metres of drainage including 6no. outfalls and 3000 linear metres of ducting has been installed to date.

9no. high mast lights have been installed, which are due to be energised this week.

Site Noise

The work currently being carried out is a necessary prelude to the construction of the new Leith Riverside Berth. GRAHAM is working strictly within the hours for construction works that are approved by Edinburgh City Council, which are 7:00am – 7:00pm, Monday to Saturday.

The use of the piling hammers to install piles that will support the new berth is an intermittent part of the overall construction process and is limited to a number of hours each day rather than a full day.

The pile hammer works are 08:00 – 6:30pm Monday to Friday and 09:00am to 18:00pm on a Saturday.

Whilst some noise from these major works is inevitable, we are minimising disruption where possible and apologise in advance for any disruption from the ongoing piling activity. Thank you for your patience.

The site will close for the Christmas break on 22nd December and reopen on 4th January.

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Community News

The Men of Leith Men's Shed is a charity that aims to tackle loneliness, isolation and support men's wellbeing through the promotion of inclusive recreational activities for men in Leith and the surrounding area.

Charlie Traylor of the Men's Shed recently reached out to GRAHAM seeking assistance in making improvements to their new community space.

Anthony Merron, Project Manager and Joe Drummie, Section Engineer at Port of Leith - Outer Berth visited the charity to meet with staff and devise a plan of how GRAHAM could best support the request.

Staff at the Men's Shed explained they wanted to maximise the space they have available at their new premises however due to lack of resources were unable to
move a number of sheds that were taking up space in their outdoor area.

Joe Drummie returned with additional support from the site staff and spent the day rearranging the setup of the outdoor activity area.

Special thanks to TUSK Lifting who after hearing the equipment required was for a community project were happy to supply the lifting equipment at no charge.

Charlie of the Men's Shed said:

"A huge thanks to GRAHAM and TUSK Lifting the team did a great job and we can't thank you enough. The reorganisation of our outdoor facilities will enable us to expand our activity schedule and make the most of our new space."
    • Leith Team Welcome Working Rite

      GRAHAM is dedicated to working with local employability partners to ensure that individuals who hope of pursing a career within the construction sector can benefit from the expertise and insight of our team.

      Recently, we welcomed Working Rite Leith, a Youth Employment Charity at our site. Allowing them to gain first-hand experience of a bustling construction site and engage with our staff to learn about their experiences in the industry.

      During their visit, the guests enjoyed a "Career in Construction" presentation before heading out for a site tour with section engineers, George Harris, and Joe Drummie.

      George and Joe presented an overview of the construction project's plans and shared their personal career journeys, aiming to inspire the potential workforce of tomorrow.

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    GRAHAM is a Partner Member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. This scheme aims to improve the image of the construction industry by following a Code of Considerate Practice, which covers a number of things including site safety and considering the impact of works on the local community. You can find more information about it online

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    Ambitious renewable energy hub plans unveiled for the Port of Leith

    "We are committed to playing a significant role in the renewable energy sector and, through that, Scotland’s energy transition to net zero as we also tackle the challenges of Covid-19 recovery and economic regeneration. This is a pump-priming investment in logistics and marine infrastructure at the Port of Leith as we harness Scotland’s natural resources for future generations and has the potential to play a significant part in our forthcoming Firth of Forth Green Port bid."

    Charles Hammond OBE, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports