Almondbank and Lochty have experienced a long history of flooding from the River Almond and the East Pow Burn, with serious flooding events taking place in 1993, 1999 and 2011.
With average annual flood damage estimated at £1.2 million by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Perth & Kinross Council needed to invest in more robust flood defences to protect residential and commercial properties and infrastructure in the town of Almondbank.
The Almondbank Flood Protection Scheme, proposed under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (FRMA), and awarded via the SCAPE Scotland Civil Engineering framework was devised to reduce the risk of flooding and provide significant long-term safety, social and economic benefits to the community.
The project involved the creation of a series of flood defences and a temporary flood storage area that would provide protection for the area for a 1:200-year event.
Our scope of works included:
The River Almond is a tributary of the River Tay and is designated a Special Area of Conservation. Before work could commence, we consulted with Government bodies to ensure our works met the legal and contractual requirements to protect this environmentally sensitive area.
All risks associated with natural habitats, archaeology, recreation and amenities were minimised through early contractor involvement, data collection and ecological surveys. Some of the long-term environmental benefits of the scheme include the installation of bat and bird boxes in surrounding woodlands, tree planting and the creation of a new habitat for fish to spawn at Pow Burn.