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SITE REGISTRATION

20

September 2015

Issue 38

Delivering a much-needed new

teaching facility for 1200 pupils,

Robertson’s Harris Academy project

replaced the former 1930s school,

bringing education facilities firmly

into the 21st Century.

While being careful to preserve

some of the original features like

the distinctive clock tower and

the carved stone entrance crest,

the new Harris Academy boasts a

swimming pool and sports facilities,

which will be available for local use.

Commenting on the video traffic

monitoring initiative, which was

singled out by the Scheme for its

innovative practice, Robertson’s

Mark Dalziel said: “The site is

located on the busy main road

leading into Dundee and the city’s

hospital A&E department.

“It was therefore vitally important

that we didn’t provide any

obstructions to emergency services

or disrupt the flow of traffic during

rush hour.

“At the start of the project we

installed a video camera to record

traffic activity during peak times

and then reviewed this data to see

what we could do to ensure the

best practice outcomes.”

Site traffic was closely controlled

and a gateman briefed all workers,

subcontractors and delivery drivers

on an agreed detour, allowing them

to re-enter the main road safely.

Outlining the community initiatives

on site, Mark said: “We have gone

to great lengths to engage with

the local community in this project,

inviting local stakeholders to “come

over the fence” and be involved

with the project in a variety of ways.

“Our activities in this regard range

from school, college and university

engagement, an open day for our

site neighbours, visits from the local

branch of the CIOB (the Chartered

We have gone to great lengths to engage with

the local community in this project, inviting local

stakeholders to “come over the fence” and be

involved with the project in a variety of ways.