Balfour Beatty completes Dundee flood defence works

BALFOUR Beatty has announced the completion of a multi-million pound flood protection scheme in Dundee.

The £6.5 million project was carried out on behalf of Dundee City Council, with the aim of reducing the risk of flooding to the new £1 billion Dundee Waterfront area, as well as protect numerous homes and roads between Camperdown Dock and Dundee Airport.

Various materials were used including reinforced steel, concrete blocks and natural stone to build a new, set-back flood defence wall, as well as flood gates to facilitate pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle access.

In a bid to minimise disruption to the local community and visitors to the area, Balfour Beatty implemented special fencing to segregate the works and maintain right-of-way for members of the public at all times.

The project was awarded under the Scape National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework.

Iain Lumsden, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s North Scotland delivery unit said, “The local community and visitors to the new Dundee Waterfront area can now fully experience the extensive benefits of the scheme, which will protect numerous nearby properties and roads from the risk of flooding.

“Through Scape’s framework, we have worked closely with Dundee City Council to make a real and sustainable contribution to the local economy, including the delivery of over 600 hours through the Angus Shared Apprentice Programme.”

Victoria Brambini, managing director at Scape Procure commented, “Effectively managing our coast through flood prevention schemes is vital. The important work that has been carried out in Dundee will reduce the risk of flooding to houses, businesses and key infrastructure.

“Over the last 20 years Dundee’s waterfront has been transformed with the local community benefitting from new shops, restaurants and museums. This project is an important step in securing the area’s future.

“Creating social value is an integral part of our frameworks and the 600 hours logged on this project will have been invaluable for local apprentices. Onsite experience is an essential part in supporting young people to develop vital skills.”

Mark Flynn, deputy convener of Dundee City Council’s City Development Committee added, “The Dundee flood prevention scheme has been a significant piece of work which has created greater peace of mind for residents and businesses potentially at risk of higher water levels in the future.

“The project has been delivered effectively and efficiently and has had lots of positive comments from people saying that it has enhanced some of the waterfront walks.”