Craigpark Quarry, Ratho

Comprehensive infrastructure and plotworks solutions for a £55m private housing development for CALA Homes within a 30 hectares former rock quarry near Edinburgh.

Craigpark Quarry, Ratho

Craigpark Quarry, Ratho

Role: Subcontractor
Client: CALA Homes (East) Limited
Value: £5,000,000 (approx.)
Timescale: Mar 2015 - Mar 2019 (est.)
Consulting Engineer: Fairhurst

The Project

A £55m family style private housing development within a 30 hectares former rock quarry in Ratho comprising 111 detached and terraced houses. It is part of wider restoration project within the quarry void led by the creation of a country park and water sports centre. An environmentally sensitive site, we are working in proximity to the Union Canal, protected woodland and a nature conservation site.

Our Role

Akela was appointed following a competitive tendering process to provide comprehensive infrastructure and plotworks solutions for CALA comprising:

  • Enabling works – relic foundation removal, minor demolitions, vegetation clearance, soil strip, environmental protection measures and compound establishment.
  • Construction of a temporary sales area with parking.
  • Cut and fill earthworks across a 10 hectares area with extensive rock excavation using mechanical breakers and rippers.
  • Surplus soil removal – 28,000 m3
  • The isolation and removal of 6,000 m3 of hydrocarbon and Japanese Knotweed contaminated soils for treatment.
  • Surface water drainage network including a SUDS pond.
  • Asphalt and monoblock finished circulation roads.
  • A new T- junction, traffic calming and footpath improvements on Wilkieston Road.
  • Concrete retaining walls.
  • Substructures and floorslabs for 111 houses.
  • Plotworks for 111 houses.
  • Installation of a sewer network including a pumping station, rising main and off-site network connections.
  • Hard landscaping, remote footpaths and the preparation of 3 hectares of soft landscaping areas.
  • Civil engineering support for CALA’s subcontractors engaged in specialist foundations and services installation.


  • A major groundworks led civil engineering contract for Akela in our core housebuilding market.
  • Repeat business from a key client.
  • A landmark brownfield regeneration project.
  • A NHBC Pride in the Job 2016 recognised site.

View of Ratho quarryCraigpark Quarry Ratho