Construction of Phase 1 of the Public Realm Improvement Works in the new Cultural Quarter in Mill Street continues to progress. The Scheme consists of the provision of a safer, high quality environment for pedestrians in Mill Street, Perth. It links Perth Theatre with the Concert Hall and incorporates improvements to Skinnergate, Guard Vennel and Burts Close which link Mill Street with the High Street. It also involves the construction of a new plaza outside the Concert Hall and a new car park on the site of 19 Mill Street. After a break for the festive period, good progress has been made since the turn of the year with the plaza now near completion. It is currently anticipated that this area will be complete by the mid-March. The north footpath in front of Kisa and Premier Inn is now substantially complete and is programmed to be fully open to pedestrians also by mid-March. Over the next few weeks the works will concentrate on the south footpath area from M&S to Boots. This is programmed to be completed by mid-April.
Phase 2 of the Mill Street improvements (from Boots to Kinnoull Street including Curfew Row and Cutlog Vennel) is part of the Perth Theatre redevelopment contract. This being constructed by Robertson Construction with the public realm works being sub-contracted to Kilmac Construction (the contractor for Phase 1). Therefore there will now be no break between the two phases and to onlookers it will all seem like one continuous project carried out by Kilmac Construction. This will minimise disruption and maximise efficiency in delivering the work in Mill Street. Preparations are already underway for Phase 2 with preparatory works to Curfew Row recently commencing. Kilmac will continue to use the existing works compound through delivery of the Phase 2 works. This is situated on the proposed new car park, therefore the new car park is now programmed to be opened by July 2017. Perth Theatre is currently scheduled for completion in Autumn 2017 by which time the new Cultural Quarter will be complete.
At present, to allow safe construction of the works there is a road closure in place with access maintained to the car park adjacent to M&S. The usage of this car park is higher than anticipated, even during the current road works drivers are not deterred from using it. Driver behaviour in using this car park and stopping in unsafe locations has caused conflicts with the works and significant safety concerns. PKC Parking Attendants are now providing full time support on-site to move drivers on when they are waiting in the street. The situation is under review and everything possible is being done to maintain access to Mill Street during the works whilst ensuring the safety of the public and workforce.
As with all works of this nature, it is inevitable that they cause disruption to the city centre. The Council and Kilmac have been working hard to keep this disruption to a minimum and to keep the local businesses informed throughout construction of the works. Interested parties who would like further updates on the progress of the scheme or more information should contact Ross Fletcher on 01738 477295 or firstname.lastname@example.org .