Work on the Arbroath Flood Protection Scheme has been picking up pace through 2021, with activity relating to the project becoming more visible to the public eye.
Significant operations are set to begin at St Vigeans and Brothock Meadows adding to the continuing presence at Hercules Den, where people will soon be able to see the first completed embankment on the flood storage area.
Operations are being progressed in the centre of Arbroath, notably near Lindsay Street where new protective walls have been built along the Brothock Burn. During the project town residents and businesses are being kept informed about planned surveys and scheduled works.
All necessary wildlife surveys are being carried out by independent licensed professionals before work starts in a particular area to ensure minimum disruption to local species. Further bat surveys will be carried out before the main works at St Vigeans gets underway and the project’s Ecological Clerk of Works will continue to be closely involved with the project to ensure all environmental requirements are fulfilled.
Glenn Mitchell, site agent for Morrisons Construction, said: “We are excited about our upcoming work and will continue to engage with residents and businesses to ensure we minimise any disruption caused by our construction activities.
“The team has made some great progress so far, and many people will have seen the dramatic change at the Hercules Den site. The engineering team has been busy conducting surveys of the land while the construction team has been hard at work on building the new flood embankment.
“It gives us all great satisfaction to know that the work we are doing will have a positive and long-lasting impact regards the protection of Arbroath and its people from future extreme weather events.”
Angus Council is also pleased that a University of Abertay student spent three months with the site team to gain valuable “on the job” experience as part of a required module for their degree. Morrisons Construction has also strived to employ from within the local area and source sub-contractors and materials locally wherever possible.
Arbroath (Brothock Water) Flood Protection Scheme – is funded by Scottish Government and Angus Council – and is designed to reduce the risk of flooding from the Brothock Water, which runs through the coastal town, and provide a one in 200-year standard of protection.
It is a national priority project under the Flood Risk Management Strategy and has been developed in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). All work currently being carried out is fully compliant with Covid-19 guidelines and working practices.
The entire project is expected to take about 18-months to complete, weather and other circumstances permitting. For further information please contact CapitalProjects@angus.gov.uk