Ground investigation work was carried out
at the proposed site for PSP in the Public Park earlier
this year. While it was good to see the drill vehicles on
the site at last, the results were, unfortunately, less
favourable and have caused delays to the project.
Tests showed that the water table in the park was quite
close to the surface and ground conditions were tricky.
This means that the excavation of deep bowls, as appeared
in the original design, would be out of the question. The
concrete structure would simply be eaten away by water in
the soil, so greatly reducing the park’s lifespan.
Once the results were announced, the Council looked at a
number of alternative sites for the skate park within Penicuik.
However, none of these were as suitable, in terms of location,
as the Public Park. It is also doubtful if we would have
been given planning permission for any of these sites anyway,
because they were all much closer to existing housing areas,
and people would have raised objections to the project.
The last thing we want is a public backlash against the
plans, like the Edinburgh project is having to handle at
Going back to the original site in the Public Park has forced
quite major design changes on the project. Most of the structure
will now be built on or above ground level, giving the park
more of a street plaza feel to it.
More work still needs to be done to the design and Dave
Sowerby will be looking to work with local skaters and bikers
to make sure it will still provide an exciting venue. We
will be posting details of these planning sessions on this
site once the Big Lottery Fund announces its decision on
funding for the park.