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Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme Phase 2

  • Civil Engineering
  • ClientCity of Edinburgh Council
  • Value£15,000,000
  • Duration104 weeks
  • D&B Partner Mott Macdonald
Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme Phase 2

The City of Edinburgh Council developed the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme as a key infrastructure project to help protect hundreds of properties in vulnerable areas of Edinburgh from future flooding.

The project involved construction of flood defences over a distance of 1.2 km along both sides of the Water of Leith at Murrayfield to provide a 1 in 200 year standard of protection.

Works included top-of-bank, reinforced concrete piled retaining walls which incorporate embedded steel sheet pile foundations that further reduce flood risk by controlling seepage during long duration storm events. As well as, enhancement of the river flow regime through the demolition of 4 bridges across the river and their replacement with two new road bridges and provision of an overflow channel to provide additional storage capacity.

Phase 2 of the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme was successfully delivered below budget and five months ahead of schedule.

“McLaughlin & Harvey worked efficiently and effectively throughout the construction process completing works significantly ahead of programme. Their ability to form and develop stakeholder relationships was also fundamental in the success of the project.”
Darren Wraight, Project Manager

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