Demolition underway at Newbyres Crescent
Excavator on site
The demolition excavator was on site on Tuesday morning to tackle the first property, 18A Newbyres Crescent.
Residents had to be rehoused after elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) from old mine workings were found in some of the properties in 2014.
Council thanks residents for their co-operation
A spokesman for Midlothian Council said: “This is a landmark day in what has been a very long process.
“We’d again like to thank residents involved for their patience and co-operation in what has been an extremely difficult time. The residents’ safety and welfare has always been our top priority.
“Our aim now is to rebuild new homes on the site with gas safety systems incorporated into the design.”
Costs of demolition
Costs of the demolition and rebuilding work are estimated to be around £12 million.
The demolition, by Reigart Contracts, is expected to take up to eight weeks. The majority of the waste generated, such as the brick, timber and plastic, will all be recycled.
Rebuilding the homes will help meet the social housing need in the local area, incorporated into Phase 2 of the Council’s Social Housing Programme.
Prior to redevelopment of the site, further appropriately designed investigation, ground gas monitoring and risk assessment will take place.
New housing to be built on site
Appropriately designed, installed and verified gas defence systems will be included within the building structures and within the site itself to avoid a risk of CO2 exposure.
All affected households have been supported by the council to find suitable accommodation.
In addition, those required to be rehoused are being offered the opportunity to return to a new build development once completed. The next development in Gorebridge on Stobhill Road is due to be completed spring 2017.