Progress update w/c 26/10/15: Tree pruning and protection

Bardsey Tree Services has arrived onsite today to remove a small area of trees and shrubs from site in preparation for demolition work to begin.

Tree

We have a commitment on this project to ensure that we minimise the environmental impact of all construction activity and working with like-minded companies will help us to achieve this. We are therefore working with local experts Bardsey Tree Services who have over 20 years’ experience in tree pruning and protection. The firm recycles 100% of its green waste by using the timber for firewood and using the remainder of the wood to create biomass fuel for power stations.

We are also working very closely with architects for the scheme, Farrell & Clark and a specialist arborist to ensure that proper care and planning is implemented and that we preserve as many of the trees on the site as possible and enhance the surrounding landscape. Following this initial clearance, tree protection measures will be put in place to protect the remaining trees throughout each phase of construction.

David Morland, architect and partner at Farrell & Clark explains: “The design of the new Civic HQ, and its surrounding landscape embrace the existing attractive mature wooded parkland environment into which they are set. The retention of the existing landscape character and as many mature trees as possible have been key considerations of the design.

Ornamental shrub planting will be incorporated to the immediate building environment. New planting to the peripheral edges of the development will be in keeping with the character of the existing wooded and grassed parkland, and will be designed to retain its amenity value and promote ecology and sustainability.

In addition, the scheme has been designed to enhance public amenity spaces on the site. The scheme will create a new central courtyard which links the existing informal footpaths to the west to St Luke’s Avenue and create a flexible hard landscape space in front of the building, generally to provide access parking but also to provide a potential civic space for occasional small gatherings. The existing wooded parkland and amenity grassed areas to the south approach to the building will more or less be retained as existing. However the opportunity will be taken to provide new footpaths focussing on the public entrance and customer service centre. Additional woodland bulbs will also be introduced in this area with its existing swathes of spring daffodils retained and enhanced in places where it is currently bare.”

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Construction update for residents – letter drop, October 2015

October 2015

Dear Neighbour,

Welcome to the first Harry Fairclough Construction update, providing you with the latest information on the build of Harrogate Borough Council’s Civic Headquarters.

As the Project Manager for the scheme, I thought I would give you a little background on who we are and what will be happening over the next few weeks. For those of you who are not familiar with Harry Fairclough Construction, we are a Yorkshire-based contractor with over 100 years’ experience in the business. We are experts in delivering local authority projects and pride ourselves on creating inspirational working environments. We work closely with our clients and the communities in which we work to ensure that our projects are a success.

Whilst we are working in your community we will make it our mission to be considerate neighbours and will regularly update you on any works that might affect your day.

Upcoming works

In terms of what to expect in the coming weeks, work will begin onsite in October. During the first phase our focus will be on getting the site ready for demolition so that construction can commence. You will soon see signs going up around the location of the build informing you that the footpaths running through the site, which we understand are used by local dog walkers, will be closed during construction. We hope this doesn’t cause too much inconvenience, but as I am sure you will understand, we need to ensure that the site is safe for everyone. Fencing will also be erected so that the site is safely cordoned off and two site offices will be installed. Protection measures will be put in place to ensure that the trees surrounding the site will remain unaffected by the construction. We will also make sure that local wildlife, such as bats will not be affected by the construction work over the months ahead.

Keep informed

Should you have any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of the project, please do not hesitate to speak with us. So that you can keep up to date with progress we have set up a project blog http://www.harrogatecivichq.com. Here you will find regular updates on the construction work and you will also be able to ask questions and leave comments for our onsite team to respond to. You are also welcome to email me if you have any queries at Julian.Crane@harryfairclough.co.uk

We look forward to being a part of your community.

Kind Regards, Julian and the Harry Fairclough site team