Arbroath Flood Prevention Scheme continues to take shape

Published on Monday 18 October 2021

It is one year since the physical work began on the £12 million Arbroath (Brothock Water) Flood Protection Scheme.

Despite the challenges of delivering the national priority project during the COVID-19 pandemic, work has pressed on and is currently ongoing at Hercules Den, St Vigeans and Brothock Meadows.

Flood protection work adjacent to the Brothock Water

Three of our latest photos show work that has been ongoing adjacent to the Brothock Water in the area between Catherine Street and Wardmill Road and showing a completed bund protection, a new flood wall and a new reinforced concrete wall. A fourth photo shows an aerial view of the earthworks for the flood storage area at Brothock Meadows.

Angus Council and contractors – Morrison Construction have continued to engage with residents and businesses to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum and to keep them informed of the project’s progress.

Morrison’s have also been engaged with the government's Kickstart Scheme on this project, providing valuable on-site work experience to two local people this year.

New flood wall

Arbroath (Brothock Water) Flood Protection Scheme – is funded by Scottish Government and Angus Council – and is designed to reduce the risk of flooding from the Brothock Water, which runs through the coastal town, and provide a one in 200-year standard of protection.

It is a national priority project under the Flood Risk Management Strategy and has been developed in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). All work currently being carried out is fully compliant with Covid-19 guidelines and working practices.

New reinforced concrete wall

The scheme is focused on holding back flows in the catchment above Arbroath to reduce flows in Brothock Water thus protecting parts of the town that have suffered from flooding in the past and remain at risk from flooding.

It will remove 530 people and their properties from their current level of flood risk, preventing flood damage that averages at £840,000 each year. The project is online to complete in October 2022.

The scheme builds on a successful partnership between Scottish Government, Angus Council and Morrison Construction which saw the delivery of the Brechin Flood Prevention Scheme, one of the biggest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in Angus at the time, and which provides a 1 in 200 years’ standard of defence against flooding.

Aerial view of the earthworks for the flood storage area at Brothock Meadows

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