Below is the explanation I have received for the delay in replacing the Jawbone Arch in the Meadows. It has been a long wait as you will see from the date in my previous post. I know there has been much interest in this project so I have included the release in full. Many thanks to the local Community Councils, local and other organisations, Edinburgh World Heritage and Edinburgh Council staff for their support for this project.
"The City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage
are working together to conserve and repair the much-loved local landmark, the
Jawbone Arch. This statement is to update you on the progress to date.
The conservation of 125-year old natural whale bone makes
for an interesting challenge. As it is a very unusual material there is no
existing body of knowledge and so accredited conservators were commissioned to
work out how to stabilise and protect them and what materials to use.
In a delicate operation, the four whale jawbones were
Here is an update on a couple of incidents of concern.
First, The firebomb attack at the Potterrow Central Mosque. A 28 year old man was arrested a few days after the incident and is currently remanded in custody. (I don't seem to have posted on this update - apologies). Details here.
Alas police are still looking for the kilted suspect for the assault in Salisbury Road. See here for the details if you missed it.
I know the noise from the nearby construction has affected householders nearby and my colleague Cllr Jim Orr has recently checked with Ogilvie Construction.
The situation is that from an early stage discussions with them pulled their starting time back from 7am to 8am - and Saturday working is up to 1pm.
They seem to be up to schedule with the intention of completing the frame by Christmas. There is due to be a showflat completed by the early New Year at the Bernard Terrace side. The current schedule is for internal fitting from February with the crane being removed in March.
So site hours are 8am to 6pm with Saturday working from 8am to 1pm. There is normally no working on Sundays.
A contact email address for any feedback direct to the company has been provided:
luttoncourt at ogilvie.co.uk [replace spaceatspace with @]
I also have contact details for the site manager if anyone needs them.
In summary the project is on schedule for completion by the beginning of the academic year…