The project was procured through Scape Group's National Major Works framework. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions. 

 It is important that facilities such as these are built and maintained to the best possible standard to allow the Council to operate efficiently, which is why it is great to see this project come to fruition.

– Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive 

Improving the efficiency of waste services 

Edinburgh City Council wanted to expand and improve on existing facilities at the Seafield depot and waste transfer station, with a single base for waste collection and street cleansing services in the east of the city. It would also provide better shelter for vehicles, extending the life expectancy and enhancing the reliability of the waste fleet. 

The project forms part of the Council’s wider review of its depots estate.  

Preparing the site for construction 

Robertson Civil Engineering played a significant role in the project, starting by removing previous infrastructure and carrying out an investigation of the existing site. 

We identified various areas of contaminated ground, including material classified as hazardous, non-hazardous and inert. We developed a handling strategy to avoid cross-contamination, isolated the hazardous and non-hazardous material and capped it using clean inert material. 

We created a new deep drainage system, diverted existing utilities, and created an 8500m2 concrete hardstanding that provides parking for refuse, staff and public logistics vehicles. 

Constructing facilities to benefit the city 

Robertson Central built a two-storey modular welfare block that provides office accommodation with associated car parking; a steel-framed, covered building for the storage of vehicles and plant; and a 34-bay canopy structure to provide shelter for the refuse fleet. 

Together with our colleagues in our civil engineering business, we delivered work of the highest quality and the refreshed depot will meet the needs of the Council. This is one of a number of projects we are delivering in Edinburgh through Scape’s Major Works framework, all of which are helping to bring real benefits to the city. 

– David Cairns, Managing Director at Robertson Central East

The fantastic work being produced between Robertson and the City of Edinburgh Council is testament to the strong relationship they have established and I look forward to seeing the results unfold from the other projects currently underway across Edinburgh.

– Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive 

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