Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme completed

Date Posted 25.08.23

We are delighted to announce that our Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme has been completed.

The scheme was designed to protect homes and businesses which have previously been affected by River Carron flooding. Providing a 0.5% chance of occurrence, including an allowance for climate change and a safety margin catering for uncertainties.

As part of our works, we constructed 2km of flood walls, as well as the installation of two higher capacity culverts.

We also carried out alterations to five bridges, including the refurbishment and reinstatement of the listed White Bridge.

The scheme also featured innovative self-raising flood barriers. A pump system for surface water flooding and the creation of a large culvert that provides additional capacity during a flood event. Aesthetically the scheme has been finished in a granite stonework with sandstone and granite cope stones to match the surrounding environment.

The local community is invited to the opening of the White Bridge to mark the completion of the flood protection scheme on Saturday 9 September. Among the activities planned are the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by the Provost of Aberdeenshire Cllr Judy Whyte. As well as a brief guided tour of the works themselves and a duck race organised by Stonehaven Sea Cadets.

We are delighted to have completed our works at Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme for Aberdeenshire Council. The new scheme, which was constructed during the challenging Covid pandemic, will be a real benefit to the local community. Helping to reduce the risk of flooding to 372 residential properties. As well as two public utility sites and a school.

Seamus Devlin

Civil Engineering Director at McLaughlin & Harvey

I am hugely proud of the efforts of everyone concerned in the design, preparation and construction of this massive project. It has been a significant undertaking – one of the larger infrastructure projects Aberdeenshire Council has delivered – and now that it’s completed, this flood protection scheme will give the Stonehaven community peace of mind for decades to come.

Philip McKay

Head of Roads and Infrastructure Services at Aberdeenshire Council

Stonehaven has historically suffered from flooding which has affected so many local residences and businesses within the lower reach of the River Carron, causing properties to be evacuated which has been traumatic for all those involved. As a flood warden myself, I fully appreciate the impact that these flood events have had on our community, and I am therefore delighted that this flood protection scheme has now been completed.

Cllr Wendy Agnew

Chair of Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee at Aberdeenshire Council

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