Community Projects Clearing the Way Forward

31st March, 2023
General News

BAM Nuttall, through its Cross Tay Link Road contract with Perth & Kinross Council, has committed to benefitting the environment and lives of people and communities across the whole of the Council area. The following projects are just some of those led by the Community Benefits team, and have involved colleagues and partners from all areas of the project.

Clearing the Lade Path

January 2023

The Lade Path is a popular, off-road, walking and cycling route in Perth and is currently a focus of the Council’s Community Greenspace team, who aim to restore and improve Perth Lade and the wider green corridor making it more appealing to the public, and a better environment for wildlife.

Members of the CTLR project team – both from BAM Nuttall and Perth & Kinross Council – joined forces with the Community Greenspace team and Westbank Project to kickstart the path clearance works. Undertaking tasks such as litter picking, pruning and de-vegetation works, the team soon cleared a significant area of the Lade and the surrounding path.

This is the first of a number of works that the project team will undertake with the Lade Management Group, all of which will facilitate the vision of ‘Love our Lade’. This important project aims to make the Lade and its network a recreational resource for people of all ages, abilities, and interests by ensuring it is a safe route that links communities with urban and greenspace facilities.

‘Community Projects’ Jed Scotcher, PKC Technician for Roads Infrastructure, commented, “Being a part of the Lade clean-up was a great experience. It was rewarding seeing the hard work pay off to neaten up the path.”

Clearing the path at Redgorton

February 2023

The footway between Redgorton and Luncarty has been overgrown with topsoil, grass, and plant roots for many years. This makes it difficult, and potentially unsafe, to walk between the two areas without edging towards the moving traffic, an issue that poses particular risk to young children and those with mobility impairments.

Calum Flett, a CTLR engineer, reached out to Binn Group, Contraflow, and Amery Plant Hire - all sub-contractors engaged on the project - to assist in addressing this problem. Binn Group supplied the skips, Contraflow set up the traffic management and Amery Plant Hire provided the excavator needed for the works.

The team arrived raring to go, and with traffic management in place, they were well positioned to scrape back the soil and vegetation, carry out pruning and level the path.

The result is a safer, wider path providing local people with an enjoyable walking route between Redgorton and Luncarty.

The Walled Garden, Perth, PKAVS Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

February 2023

PKAVS Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub provides support and opportunities to people recovering from associated difficulties within the Perth and Kinross area. Their Walled Garden in the grounds of the Murray Royal is a tranquil haven for people recovering from mental illness, allowing the team there to provide an integrative care approach through meaningful and therapeutic activities.

The composting bays in the walled garden were in poor condition and required upgrading in order to be used safely. Samantha Steven, Community Benefits Co-ordinator at BAM Nuttall, reached out to our supplier, Highland Industrial Supplies (HIS Ltd) Area Manager, Ian Young, who provided a generous donation of five wheelbarrows and seventy bags of cement.

This donation will help to ensure PKAVS clients can develop new skills, gain confidence, and meet new people, all of which support their journey of recovery.