£25M Almondbank Flood Protection Scheme opens

The Almondbank Flood Protection Scheme has now been completed.

Almondbank and Lochty have experienced a history of flooding from the River Almond and the East Pow Burn, with serious flooding events taking place in 1993, 1999 and more recently in January 2011. In order to tackle this, the Council and its consultants, Mouchel (now WSP), developed a scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to the community, property and the local infrastructure while, at the same time, minimising the impact on the surrounding environment.

Series of flood defences

The completed scheme, which is the result of partnership working between the Council and its contractors Balfour Beatty, consists of a series of flood defences along the River Almond and the East Pow Burn. The defences comprise of flood walls, raised embankments and erosion protection measures. Two road bridges over the East Pow Burn and a footbridge on the River Almond have also been replaced and raised. The new footbridge was improved further, in association with SUSTRANS, as part of the National Cycle Network. The playing field, known locally as the Cricket Ground, has also been modified to act as a flood storage area and the works have included the replacement of the community sports pavilion.

Additional drainage measures

The impact of the Scheme on surface water flooding has also been addressed with additional drainage measures, modifications to road drainage systems and the provision of surface water pumping stations.

A total of £5.1m added social value has been achieved through this project, including £2.6m spent with local small to medium enterprises and £1.7m of value achieved through local employment and skills development programmes. Sixty-eight per cent of the workforce employed on the scheme, including within the supply chain, is local to the project. Additionally, some 358 tonnes of waste material has been diverted from landfill for recycling.

Protection of homes and businesses

The Almondbank Flood Protection Scheme project is intended, as has been advised to local residents throughout the development and delivery process, to protect homes and businesses from the significant impact of flooding.

The Convener of Perth & Kinross Council's Environment & Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Angus Forbes said: "I have witnessed the impact of flooding in communities across Scotland, which can be devastating. With this scheme in place we can offer greater assurance and peace of mind to the residents and communities of Almondbank and Lochty that there is protection in place when we are faced with severe weather events in the future."

Hector MacAulay Managing Director of Balfour Beatty's regional business in Scotland and Ireland, said: "It has been a privilege to work with the community of Almondbank in delivering this critical flood protection scheme.

"In addition to achieving a Gold Green Apple award for 'Environmental Best Practice', the project has provided £5.1 million of added social value, including £1.7 million of value added through our various local employment and skills development programmes."