THE New Year is set to bring a new dawn for the former Agilent Technologies site in Queensferry.
Work will get underway to demolish buildings at the former Scotstoun site which has lain empty since Agilent relocated to Edinburgh Park in September 2010. The demolition works are in advance of proposed housing planned for the site.
As from January 14, Bonnybridge-based Central Demolition will carry out the demolition programme, expected to last for approximately 22 weeks. Nearby residents will be mail-dropped before the project starts.
Preparatory works will begin on Monday, January 7, with machinery and site cabins erected onsite while the actual works begin a week later.
Central Demolition’s intention is to demolish the buildings at the southern tip of the site (Building 5) first and then work north. All access will be from Scotstoun Avenue.
Prior to the works starting, all boundary perimeter fencing will be made secure and reinforced where necessary for safety and security reasons.
It is believed that a significant proportion of the material from the buildings will stay on site for crushing and be re-used in the new development.
Real estate consultants Cushman and Wakefield are currently in talks with potential housing developers and it is hoped an announcement will be made early in the new year as to which is their preferred developer.
Terry Airlie, a spokesman for Queensferry and District Community Council, said of the news: “There will be a certain amount of disruption and noise caused by the demolition works but we have had discussions with Agilent and we hope things will go smoothly. We are here to listen to any concerns from the local community and will take them forward to Central Demolition.”
Looking to the future, Mr Airlie said that in terms of the housing development aspect of the site proposals, the community council had no concerns, but the long-term validity of parking provision at Dalmeny Station, which borders the development site, remains an issue.
Almond councillor Norman Work was also delighted to hear work was eventually going to start on the site, saying: “I am pleased something is about to happen and I hope there is not too much disruption from the demolition. I am also pleased the contractors responsible for the work will be contacting residents to let them know what is happening.”