They were once known as rosettes and in first generation tramway days they could be of a very elaborate design but the more prosaic term being used by the Trams to Newhaven project in Edinburgh is “building fixings”. We are talking of the small piece of equipment which will be used in places on the extension to support the overhead wires and preparation works are about to get underway for this work to take place.
Sacyr Farrans Neopul are to undertake external surveys to properties along the route to record the existing condition of properties before the actual installation takes place. The process to achieve consent from building owners for the installation of the building fixings has already been completed during 2018 and 2019 as part of the powers to construct the extension so this work should not come as a surprise and it is not envisaged there will be any damage to the buildings during the surveys.
The installation of the fixings will start this winter and will be done to minimise interference and inconvenience to building owners and occupants. The normal process to be followed is:
- A work platform (mobile or scaffold) will be set up as well as any necessary traffic and pedestrian management measures
- A power drill is used to drill a hole and install the fixing
- After a suitable “curing” period for the resin anchor, the contractor will return to inspect and test the installation
- At a later date the overhead wires will be attached to the fixing