DAWSON Wam has been appointed as principal contractor on the £15.2 million Campbeltown flood protection scheme (FPS).
The firm will install new pipelines to separate surface water drainage from domestic sewers, and will create a new storage dam near Snipefield to slow the flow of water during a storm event.
Argyll and Bute Council said that, alongside the overall flood resilience improvements, a number of roads will also benefit from flood protection and road surface reconstruction as a result.
Policy lead for roads and transport at Argyll and Bute Council, councillor Andrew Kain, said, “Campbeltown has been susceptible to flooding for many, many years due to an out of date, undersized sewer system which is regularly overwhelmed, and a sewer network consisting of combined sewers, with no separation of foul and surface water drainage. The FPS is a huge investment that will result in a significant number of long-term benefits for the town.
“These flood management measures will not only help to alleviate stress and anxiety for residents and businesses in the areas prone to flooding, they will reduce the risk of flooding near the town’s police and fire stations too. Campbeltown is also home to a vast number of listed buildings – buildings that maintain the cultural heritage of the area – so by carrying out these improvements, we are helping to protect the history of the town for future generations.
“Community engagement exercises have been carried out over several months now, so we know this is what people want – to be able to live without fear of their property flooding. Site work will begin in September and is expected take around two years to complete.”