Steps forward in CHORD project

Stepping into place: The promenade earlier this month
Stepping into place: The promenade earlier this month

‘Good progress’ is being made on the CHORD works in Helensburgh’s Colquhoun Square, contractors said today.

The southern perimeter of the square is now complete, with pedestrian access to shops fully, restored, said Drew Dunion, contract manager for Maclay Civil Engineering Ltd.

Work is continuing on the other side of the square and on West Princes Street, while a new access road to the post office ‘will soon be complete’.

The current target for completion of this phase of the £6.6m CHORD project is early June.

“The bollards that delineate the pedestrian areas from vehicles have also been installed,” said Mr Dunion in a newsletter for people affected by the work.

“These will also eventually take the artwork showing some of the town’s heritage.

“The granite seating and wooden seats are now beginning to arrive on site and these should start to be installed in the next period.”

Temporary lighting in the square has been changed to new hybrid lights that run on a mixture of generator and battery power and are said to be much quieter. These operate on a light sensor so switch on and off automatically.

Work will soon start in the Sinclair Street car park – the pier car park remains free of charge because of this – and kerbing is being installed on West Princes Street.

On the esplanade, the final five sections of precast staircases were lifted into position this week.

“We have continued to reinstate the esplanade area and by replacing the material washed away in the storm this has allowed us to install the foundation for the granite seating wall,” said Mr Dunion.

“Following the final installation of the staircases, we shall continue with final reinstatement and proceed with installing the remaining seating wall units. This will then allow us to progress with the new concrete esplanade.”

Work will stop during Easter Weekend between Good Friday and Easter Monday, returning to site on Tuesday April 22.

Pictures by Margaret MacGillivray

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