Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme
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Thank you for visiting the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme website. This website has been created to provide information about the Scheme and to give you the opportunity to comment or ask questions through the feedback page.
At the time of my last update, Scottish Borders Council had just awarded the Main Works Contract to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd, work was ongoing in finalising plans for the delivery of the main construction works and work had just started on setting up our main site compound at South Bridge Street. We are now fully established in Selkirk and with each passing week additional workforce and machinery arrives on site to meet our programmed requirements – we now have over 130 people employed by the Scheme, a number of whom are local to Selkirk, and dozens of pieces of plant and machinery, big and small, in use across the Scheme.
The summer period will see activity peak in a number of areas as we seek to take advantage of the good summer weather (hopefully!). There are now works ongoing in 15 of the Scheme’s 38 work sections and works have been completed in one section (WS-36 at St. Mary’s Loch). More work sections will be completed through the coming months and it will be important to take a full review of progress by the end of 2015. That said, it is worth noting that the first key completion milestone at St. Mary’s Loch (which is programmed to be operational by November thereby ensuring that its flood risk reduction capacity is realised before the onset of another winter storm season) is on programme.
The arrival of June meant that we were able to begin work in the water environment: over the past few weeks we have installed a temporary dam across the northern channel of the Ettrick Water (at the gravel island at Bridge Street footbridge) and have now started work on constructing the piers and abutments for the new footbridge (which will be installed later in the summer). In the coming weeks, the temporary dam will be relocated to the southern channel to allow works to progress. Activity in the river will continue until the end of September and throughout this period there is a risk of some sediment release and discolouration downstream although measures are in place to manage this risk.
In April, Issue 2 of our Main Works Newsletter (which can be read here) was distributed to all residential properties and businesses within the Ettrick Catchment (plus a few in Galashiels and Hawick whose postcodes overlap boundaries). The positive response to this has led us to continue with this catchment-wide distribution – Issue 3 (which has just gone to print) will be distributed in mid-July and will be available on the website soon after. We hope you find these newsletters useful and informative and welcome any thoughts or comments you may have.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions about any aspect of the Scheme please don’t hesitate to contact us through the feedback page – we will always respond, although given the scale and nature of the project this may take a few days. We have also added a Question & Answers section to the website where you can find answers to the questions which are frequently posed to the Project Team.
We hope you find this website useful and look forward to providing a further update about the Main Works in the coming months.
Senior Project Manager
Pile driving work progressing well at Ettrickhaugh Road - expected to be complete within the next week
Project Team issues warning about the dangers of construction sites in advance of the school holidays. Click here
Full road closure at Dunsdale Haugh for resurfacing works between Belmont Motors & Allied Storage - Saturday 27th June 12 noon till midnight
Common Riding cavalcade safely passes through the site at Work Section 15
New Construction Updates. Click here
2015 News Updated. Click here
Work underway in 12 out of 38 Work Sections
Work within the river channel has now commenced - potential exists for some sediment release & discolouration downstream. Measures are in place to try and prevent this
Significant works on the A708 bridge to the west of the triangular field from Monday 15th June. A local diversion will be in place.
Work Section 36: Bowerhope Road Raising - COMPLETE
New FAQs added. Click here.
Project Team meets with Paul Wheelhouse MSP and provides a full briefing on the Scheme and the progress of the Main Construction Works
Project Team meets with representatives of the Common Riding to continue planning for the 12th of June
Piling operations at Work Section 6 - Ettrickhaugh Road flood wall - begin. Expected to continue for approx. 4 weeks
Public Information Room at Main Site Compound on South Bridge Street is Open: 9am til 5pm Mon - Thurs and 9am til 4pm Fridays
One day road closure of Dunsdale Haugh required - details to follow
Bridge Street Footbridge closed until September 2015
Closure of A708 postponed – click here for details
Main Works Newsletter Issue 1 – click here to read
SBC Press Release regarding programme of works – click here to read
Closure of A708 to take effect on Monday 2nd March for 15 weeks
Main Works to start in late February. Full closure of A708 will be required – more details to follow.
Pre-start property surveys to commence in early February. Those affected will be contacted directly by the project team
Work to start on setting up main site compound at South Bridge Street on in early February
Ettrickhaugh Road garden clearance works nearing completion
Corby Linn Road to close from Monday 12th January – temporary access road will be open
Dunsdalehaugh Road closure lifted on programme on 19th December – temporary traffic lights now in use
Contract formally awarded to RJ McLeod – Main Works officially start on 5th January
RJ MacLeod named as preferred bidders for Main Works Contact – click here for details
Garden Clearance work on Ettrickhaugh Road to start on 3 December
Ettrickhaugh Road area community meeting held on 2 December
Full Closure of Dunsdale Haugh required from Monday 24th November – Click here to details
Corby Linn Temporary Road bridge installed – click here to see time-lapsed footage of installation.
Selkirk Community Recycling Centre reopened – access via new access road
Bridge Street footbridge closed for installation of temporary PU bridge – click here for details
Water & Gas pipes fed through sleeves under the Ettrick
Major work immediately downstream of footbridge to lay 4 sleeves under the Ettrick
ridge Street footbridge to close from Monday 30th June - diversion routes will be clearly signed
Paul Wheelhouse MSP officially starts construction of the Scheme. Please CLICK HERE for more information.
Advance Works get underway. Please CLICK HERE for more information.