Broughty Ferry Flood Protection officially opens

Date Posted 01.07.22

We celebrated the the official opening of the Broughty Ferry Flood Protection Scheme with the unveiling of a new sculpture.

The public artwork commemorates the local lifeboat service. Taking inspiration from the form of lifeboat davits, an archway has been created which frames a view towards the RNLI lifeboat station. The sculpture also echoes the shape of the swans that are a regular feature of the area.

We were also delighted to install the the sculpture, which designed in-house by Dundee City Council and fabricated locally.

On hand to help unveil the work were Mark Flynn, Convener of the Council’s City Development Committee. As well as Robin Smith MBE, former crewmember of the lifeboat Mona, and Peter Hay, current Coxswain of the Broughty Ferry lifeboat.

We delivered this project as part of the Scape Group National Construction Major Works – UK framework.

The scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to residential, open space, community and businesses within Broughty Ferry. Protecting against a 1 in 200-year storm surge event with the minimum of disruption to local residents, businesses, the environment and wildlife.

We also created four metre wide shared-use cycleway and footpath to form part of an active travel plan. The new path replaces the existing narrow one metre wide footpath which had limited fall protection.

The new continuous off-road scheme enables more people to access and enjoy the coastline. The project has created a better, safer environment to walk and cycle. Which encourages both locals and visitors to enjoy a healthier lifestyle through being more active.

Additionally we also carried out a number of community benefits were also built into the contract including the use of local suppliers and creating job opportunities for local people.

It is crucial that we not only ensure effectiveness and value for money when delivering flood protection for our coastal communities, but also that any scheme is attractive and in keeping with the buildings and streetscape around it. The inclusion of relevant and engaging public art is part of that process and I am delighted to see the sculpture unveiled in its context today for the first time.

Cllr Mark Flynn

Convenor of City Development Committee for Dundee City Council

We are proud to attend this official opening of our flood protection works at Broughty Ferry. There has been a significant transformation to the local area and we have particularly enjoyed seeing members of the public enjoying the new walkway.

Seamus Devlin

Civil Engineering Director at McLaughlin & Harvey

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