A Carlsson Properties development constructing six retail units on Rosewell Road in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian are progressing well and are set to be completed in October this year.
So far the main retail unit has been rented out to Tesco Express and the tenancies of the remaining five units are in varying degrees of negotiation.
Premier Construction caught up with Peter Morrison, Director at Carlsson Properties, to find out more about the project. The development began in April 2014 with Carlsson Properties acting as the main contractor and Kenneth Reid Architects delivering architectural services during the project.
Demolition of the former public house, which used to be located on the site, was undertaken in December 2013. The commercial units have been constructed using a steel frame and fitted with a metal roof as well as metal wall cladding. The walls have also been roughcasted and landscaping works have been undertaken on the site to create 25 car parking spaces.
With regards to the interiors of the retail units, Carlsson properties are in the process of plasterboard sheeting and drywalling the units, before they will be handed over to the tenants. The interiors are left as a plain shell by the developers so that tenants can decorate and finish the units to their own specifications.
All of the units are located on the ground floor apart from the Tesco Express unit which also contains a mezzanine level.
Peter Morrison said the onsite team did encounter some difficulties during the construction process. He commented:
“The ground conditions have been challenging as there are a lot of mine workings in the area so the engineering solution had to take into account the hazardous ground conditions. Another challenge was the local high school across the road which restricted delivery times, as did the two roads which are located on either side of the development. Traffic was therefore an ongoing issue that we had to deal with.”
Peter said seeing the £700,000 development progress has been an enjoyable experience:
“Despite construction being relatively restricted it has been interesting seeing these units go from the drawing board to construction, through to completion and it is great for the company to see the development evolve.”