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 (10th June)

Following a busy couple of months, the quay deck is now complete as is the transition slab and two dolphins. Several 100t and 200t capacity bollards have been fixed to the deck as have several walkways linking the existing lead-in jetty to the quay deck and the quay deck to the dolphins.

Installation of fenders is ongoing and due for completion this week. The purpose of the fenders is to absorb the kinetic energy of a berthing vessel and thus prevent damage to the vessel or the berthing structure.

A 6 man dive team is currently installing anodes to the piles below the lowest astronomical tide (LAT) level; LAT is the lowest level that can be expected to occur under average meteorological conditions. The purpose of the anodes is to prevent corrosion of the piles.

Over 20,000t of Type 1 stone is due to be delivered by sea over the coming weeks. This stone will be laid over the previously cement-stabilised material to establish a durable surface course.

The final phase of dredging is ongoing, the dredger is creating a berthing pocket to a level of -9.0mCD alongside the new quay.

Forth Ports have instructed GRAHAM to construct an additional section of retaining wall at the Northern end of the quay. Starting 17th June for a six-week period, work will commence on the construction of the retaining wall that comprises 20no. tubular piles and 19no. pairs of sheet piles. The retaining wall will enable the future deepening of the navigational channel. Piling works will take place Monday to Friday 8am – 6.30pm and 09:00am to 15:00pm on Saturdays. It is anticipated that the hammer shall be used for between 1 – 2hrs per day.

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.

    • Leith Community Fund

      The Leith Leith Community Fund welcomes grant applications for suitable projects that would benefit the Western Harbour area. Subject to trustee approval, proposals that align with its charitable aims and will benefit the wider Leith area, are encouraged.

      If you would like to make an application visit

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    Ambitious renewable energy hub plans unveiled for the Port of Leith

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    "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