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December 2015

  • Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th December - Storm Frank

    In anticipation of Storm Frank, on Monday evening the Scheme's Emergency Management Plan was initiated and during Tuesday preparations were made for the forecast rainfall and river levels through Selkirk.

    Following discussions with SEPA on Monday, the Project Team took manual control of the St Mary's Loch sluice gates and kept them open throughout Monday night and Tuesday before manually closing them late on Tuesday afternoon.  This was in an effort to release as much water as possible from the loch in advance of the forecast storm and therefore maximise the volume of water which could be stored in the loch during the storm and subsequently released into the Yarrow Water in a controlled fashion. The automated sluice gate control system has now been switched back on.

    Throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday the Project Team was in Selkirk monitoring the situation and liaising with SBC’s Emergency Planning Team. Operatives were also put on standby to deal with any issues which arose. The Scheme's partially complete defences along Riverside and through Bannerfield were operational on Wednesday as were the temporary measures put in place in Bannerfield during Storm Desmond in early December. The Philiphaugh and Ettrickhaugh Road defences were also operational.

    The Project Team understands that no significant flooding was experienced in Selkirk but that there were some properties flooded at Lindean.
     
    An analysis of the available data indicates that the Ettrick Water peaked at 2.94 metres at 5.30pm on Wednesday. This is understood to be the highest water level in the Ettrick since 31st October 1977 when a peak of 3.08 metres was recorded.
     
  • Thursday 3rd December

    A prolonged period of heavy rain was experienced on Thursday afternoon and evening. This rainfall resulted in the water levels in the Long Philip Burn rising extremely rapidly - by approximately 0.9 metres in less than 3 hours. During the course of the afternoon the Project Team was monitoring the situation and identified that there was a risk of the burn breaking its banks. As such the Project Team, in partnership with local volunteers, put in place emergency measures to protect local properties and the Ettrickhaugh Road area. These measures included temporary earth embankments and sand bags at strategic locations. The A708 at Corby Linn Road was closed as temporary embankments were constructed across it - for a period of time water was flowing across the road.

    At the car park opposite Philiphaugh Farm Cottages temporary embankments were constructed to protect the farm cottages and properties at Burn Mill.
     
    Some properties in Bannerfield came close to flooding however a localised channel was dug to divert water away from properties on Philip View. No properties were flooded.
     
    Throughout the evening both the ‘old’ burn channel and the Scheme’s new meandering burn channel were flowing and significant areas of land between the Angles Field embankments were flooded. It is estimated that there was almost twice as much water in the Long Philip Burn system than the ‘old’ channel could have coped with. Had this storm event been experienced 12 months earlier, (i.e. before the Scheme commenced work in this area) it is highly likely that a number of properties along the Long Philip Burn and in the Ettrickhaugh Road area would have been flooded.
  • Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December

    On Thursday evening an extended period of significant rainfall was forecast for Friday afternoon / evening and throughout Saturday. In light of the weather forecast and the predicted river levels the Project Team undertook work on Friday to temporarily ‘close’ the Scheme’s defences in locations through Riverside and Bannerfield where work is incomplete. Work was also undertaken to reinforce the temporary embankments which had been constructed across and alongside Corby Linn Road on Thursday 3rd December. In addition, a section of the Scheme’s temporary Philiphaugh Mill Lade dam was removed to allow water to flow down the lade and prevent any flooding immediately behind the dam.
     
    Throughout Saturday, the Project Team continued to monitor both the latest forecasts and the actual water levels through Selkirk. Early on Saturday morning the A708 between Corby Linn Road and the Long Philipburn Country House Hotel was closed as water levels in the Long Philip Burn were rising. This road closure remained in place until Sunday morning.
     
    As a precautionary measure and due to forecasts at that time, on Saturday evening approximately 100m of temporary earth embankment was constructed at a pre-existing low point adjacent to Murray Place in Bannerfield. 
     
    On Saturday night the flood risk was from the Ettrick Water - the Scheme’s partially complete defences held and ensured that there was no flooding to the properties at Ettrickhaugh Road, Bannerfield and Riverside.  In the end the temporary embankment at Murray Place was not required.
     
    The new St. Mary’s Loch Intelligent Water Management System which controls the volume of water being released into the Yarrow Valley functioned as intended.  In effect, while the same volume of water is released from the loch as would have been the case prior to the Scheme being constructed, this water is released over a longer period of time. This means that the peak water levels through Selkirk and at Lindean are reduced and as such the flood risk is also reduced.
     
    A full review of the recent high flow events is underway however the current assessment is that had this storm event been experienced 12 months ago low lying areas through Selkirk would have experienced flooding.
     

November 2015

  • The Project Team held an information evening for the residents of Bannerfield to provide an update on the works in and around Bannerfield. Also at this meeting, a representative of ‘Blooming Selkirk’ spoke about this initiative and invited thoughts and comments from residents.
  • Conor Price, Senior Project Manager, attended Selkirk Community Council and provided an update on the Scheme and answered question from Community Council members and members of the public.
  • The Project Team held a meeting at Selkirk Rugby Club to provide an update to residents of the Ettrickhaugh Road area on works in this area. A similar meeting was held at the Main Site Compound for residents of Lindean.
  • RJ McLeod continued reinstatement works at Work Section 2 – Old Mill Farm Embankment. This included placing topsoil onto the embankment.
  • At Work Section 4 snagging and finishing works continued on the section of flood wall which runs alongside the concrete channel section of the Mill Lade.
  • At Ettrickhaugh Road (Work Section 6) work on the section of flood protection wall which ties into the abutment of the main A707 road bridge commenced. Work on the stone facing to the garden side of the wall also got underway.
  • At Work Section 8 – Bannerfield South Embankment, the bentonite slurry seepage cut-off wall was installed, the embankment key was excavated and the initial importation of clay material (for the below ground element of the embankment) undertaken. This work section is programmed for completion in February 2016 and reinstatement and replanting works will be undertaken during the Spring.
  • The seepage cut-off wall was also constructed through Work Section 9 - Bannerfield Central Wall. Work on the reinforced concrete flood protection wall also commenced. As of the end of November, this wall was approximately 20% complete and it is anticipated that works will continue in this area until March 2016.
  • At Work Section 10 – Bannerfield North Wall, the seepage cut-off wall was installed and approximately 70% of the reinforced concrete wall was constructed during November. This work section is expected to be completed in late January 2016 with reinstatement works to be undertaken in the following months.
  • The seepage cut-off wall and importation of clay material was completed at Work Section 11 (Cannon Street Embankment). Finishing and shaping works will be undertaken on the embankment in due course – this work can only be completed in relatively dry weather conditions. The bentonite slurry batching plant remained in operation providing slurry for the relevant Bannerfield work sections.
  • At Victoria Park (Work Section 12), work on the embankment crest footpath was completed and topsoil placed on the park side of the embankment. Work on the low level footpath between the embankment and the park also commenced.
  • The contractor commenced work on the brick facing to the Work Section 14 (Riverside Road South Wall). This brick facing is intended to reflect the heritage of the Riverside mill buildings. Work on the reinstatement of Riverside Road continued through work sections 14 and 15.
  • At Work Section 17 (Level Crossing Road), construction of the reinforced concrete wall through WS-17c (LCR East) commenced.  RJ McLeod also commenced works to facilitate the widening of a section of Level Crossing Road (between the community recycling centre and St Mary’s Mill footbridge). This section of road is being upgraded to a 6.5 metre wide dual carriageway with footpath to the south of the road; this work required some limited additional vegetation and tree clearance.
  • At Work Section 18 (Community Recycling Centre Wall) work on the seepage cut-off wall was completed and the contractor stared work on the flood protection wall.
  • Behind the former Co-op NGT building RJ McLeod continued work on the flood protection wall (Work Section 19).
  • On Corby Linn Road, work on the first 50 metres of flood protection wall was completed and a section of the road raised. This section of road is being raised to ensure that any water flowing down Corby Linn Road is controlled back into the Long Philip Burn and onto the ‘wet’ side of the flood defences.
  • At Angles Field (Work Section 28) RJ McLeod continued work on the new footpath and landscaped areas. Tree planting works also commenced.
  • Work on the A707 bridge at Philiphaugh Farm Cottages (Work Section 31) continued to progress: RJ McLeod were able to partially open the bridge to traffic and pedestrians with temporary traffic lights being used to control traffic under contra-flow conditions.  A section of the A708 is now closed to allow construction of the south-west wingwall of the new bridge. Work on the stone facing to the bridge parapets also continued.
  • With the partial reopening of the A707 bridge, RJ McLeod were able to remove the 4-way temporary traffic lights at the bottom of Corby Linn Road.
  • RJ McLeod continued works at Work Section 32 (Long Philip Burn Restoration East) and Work Section 33 (Allotments Embankment). At WS-32, a new meandering channel for the LPB was dug through the car park opposite the Philiphaugh Farm Cottages and the parkland in Bannerfield and work on forming flood defence embankments commenced.
  • At Work Section 34 – Burn Mill Wall & Footbridges initial site clearance was undertaken and works on the reinforced concrete flood protection wall commenced. This included the installation of the bentonite seepage cut-off wall.
  • RJ McLeod commenced activity at Work Section 35 – Burn Mill Embankment with the initial excavation work and clay importation. Installation of the seepage cut-off wall will be undertaken in due course.
  • At St Mary’s Loch testing of the new outlet control equipment commenced.
  • Operations at the Midlem Borrow Put continued: approximately 108000 tonnes of clay material has now been brought to Selkirk. Restoration and ‘closing up’ works at the Borrow Pit continued with excess material from the works in Selkirk being used as refill material.

October 2015

  • Preparatory works, involving tree and vegetation clearance and trial holes, commenced just off the A7 / Ettrick Terrace (behind Oregon Timber) and on Raeburn Place. This work was due to be completed in late 2014 but was postponed so that it didn't coincide with the emergency closure of Dunsdale Haugh. It is being undertaken in advance of the main construction works - due to start in this area in early 2016 - which will involve the construction of an open concrete culvert along a section of the Shaw Burn at Raeburn Place and the construction of a flood protection wall running parallel to the A7 / Ettrick Terrace between the Shaw Burn and Oregon Timber.

  • The new Bridge Street footbridge opened on Friday 9th October and St Mary's Mill footbridge reopened on Monday 12th October.

    The Project Team is conscious that the closure of these footbridges - both of which had to be closed because of works on or immediately adjacent to the structures - has been a significant inconvenience for the local community. The Project Team would therefore like to thank the community for its continued patience and understanding during the works. It is worth noting that at both footbridges, the landscaping and adjacent flood defences are not 100% complete. Temporary fencing and edge protection barriers have been erected to ensure that the area is safe to be reopened for public use. It should also be noted that the areas adjacent to the footbridges and approach paths are still active construction sites.

  • Following on from an initial meeting held on 30th September, the Project Team held an information evening for residents of the Bannerfield area. After discussions with residents, similar evening meetings will take place on the first Wednesday of each month to provide an update on the works and allow an opportunity for any questions to be answered. These meetings will be held at Philiphaugh Community Centre from 6.30pm.
  • Scott Marr - Project Manager for RJ McLeod - attended Ettick and Yarrow Community Council and provided an update on the main construction works.
  • Conor Price - Senior Project Manager for Scottish Borders Council - attended a meeting of The Bridge (a Borders-based Community Development Organisation) and gave a presentation on the Scheme.

  • At Work Section 2 – Old Mill Farm Embankment, the contractor continued work on the farm access track which will run alongside the embankment. Work at the intersection of Work Sections 2 and 3 also continued.
  • RJ McLeod was able to substantially complete work at Work Sections 3, 4 and 5 – the Mill Lade embankments and north wall. In the coming weeks ‘snagging’ repairs will be undertaken in these areas and initial replanting and reinstatement work will start.
  • Work on the Ettrickhaugh Road Wall (Work Section 6) continued – most of the concrete wall has now been constructed. The section connecting into the existing road bridge abutment will be completed in due course. In the coming weeks the contractor will begin work on the stone facing to the garden side of this wall.
  • At Work Section 8 – Bannerfield South Embankment, RJ McLeod excavated the key for the embankment and completed the initial importation and compaction of impermeable clay material in preparation for the installation of the bentonite seepage cut-off wall.
  • Initial excavation work got underway at Work Sections 9 and 10 – Bannerfield Central and North Walls. In addition, at Work Section 10 (behind Corbie Terrace) the contractor commenced installation of the bentonite seepage cut-off wall. The seepage cut-off walls (both the bentonite slurry walls and the steel piles, as used at Ettrickhaugh Road) are designed to absolutely minimise the volume of water which will be able to pass beneath the flood defences.
  • RJ McLeod set up a satellite compound at Work Section 11 (immediately east of the Cannon Street / Corbie Terrace area). A bentonite slurry batching plant will be set up at this compound and will be used to prepare the bentonite for work sections 8, 9, 10, 11, 33, 34 and 35. At Work Section 11 - Cannon Street Embankment, initial excavation work and importation of clay embankment material was undertaken and installation of the seepage cut-off wall and stage 2 (above ground) embankment construction work commenced.
  • At Victoria Park (Work Section 12) the contractor constructed a short section of flood protection wall between the new embankment and the footbridge. Topsoil placement and reinstatement works to the wet side of the embankment commenced as did the installation of a high-level secondary footpath on top of the embankment. The primary footpath in this area will be the low level track between the park and the embankment.
  • At Work Section 14 – Riverside Road South Wall, the contractor completed work on the wall and started the construction of a new footpath on the river side of the wall. Initial reinstatement of Riverside Road also got underway.
  • Work at the intersection of Work Section 15 (Riverside Road Central Embankment) and Work Section 16 (Riverside Road North Wall) was completed. RJ McLeod continued work on the footpaths in these areas.
  • Work Section 17 - Level Crossing Road (LCR) Wall - is being undertaken in three distinct sections to ensure access is maintained for the businesses in this area. At WS-17a (LCR West), reinstatement and re-soiling work was undertaken and the carriageway was partially reinstated. At WS-17b (LCR Central), construction of the flood protection wall was completed and works on reinstating the carriageway commenced. At WS-17c (LCR East), excavation work was undertaken and the seepage cut-off wall installed.
  • RJ McLeod started work behind the Community Recycling Centre where a section of flood protection wall will be constructed (Work Section 18). Work on the seepage cut-off wall through this area commenced.
  • The contractor also made progress with the flood protection wall behind the former Co-op NGT building and tying into high ground at the A7 (Work Section 19). The seepage cut-off wall was installed and works on constructing the reinforced concrete wall started.
  • At Work Section 27 – Corby Linn Road, works on the flood protection wall commenced. Works through the garden grounds of Ravensheugh House was substantially complete.
  • At the Angles Field work on the new meandering section of the Long Philip Burn (Work Section 28) continued and works on the new footpath and landscaped areas commenced. The embankments (WS-29 and WS-30) were substantially completed. In the coming weeks planting will commence in this area.
  • Work on the new A707 bridge (Work Section 31) continued with only the south-west wingwall outstanding. Work on cladding the new bridge walls commenced.
  • At Work Section 32 – LPB Restoration East, works on the realignment of the Long Philip Burn was undertaken.
  • At Work Section 33 – Allotments Embankment, work on temporarily moving the allotments boundary was completed: this was required to create space to allow the contractor sufficient room to undertake works in this area. RJ McLeod completed excavation works and the initial importation of clay embankment material.
  • Works commenced at Work Section 34 – Burn Mill Wall & Footbridges, with the construction of approx. 60m of reinforced concrete wall.
  • New control equipment was installed at the outlet of St Mary’s Loch. This equipment will be tested and commissioned in the coming weeks.
  • Operations at the Midlem Borrow Pit continued with approximately 105000 tonnes of clay material now having been brought to Selkirk for use in the flood protection embankments. In addition, excess soil material created by the works in Selkirk are now being transported to the Borrow Pit location to aid in the restoration works.

September 2015

  • At Work Section 2 – Old Mill Farm Embankment, erosion protection work at the southern end of the embankment was completed.
  • Work on the footpath at Work Section 3 – Mill Lade South Embankment, was substantially completed. The ramp at the woodshed was also finished. The embankment was also seeded, using a process called ‘hydro-seeding’ during which a mixture of seeds and mulch are sprayed onto the embankment surface.
  • At Work Section 4 – Mill Lade Central Embankment, the contractor finished placing the top soil on the embankment and hydro-seeding was undertaken on the appropriate areas.
  • At Work Section 6 – Ettrickhaugh Road Flood Wall, RJ McLeod completed the lower section of the wall and started work on the upper section.
  • The erosion protection works at Work Section 7 - Ettrick & Yarrow Flood Protection Scheme (1979) Bank Strengthening, were completed. Hydro-seeding was also undertaken in this area.
  • At Work Section 9 – Bannerfield Central Wall, and Work Section 10 – Bannerfield North Wall, the contractor continued work on the sections of wall immediately adjacent to the new footbridge abutment. Also at Work Section 9 some additional rock armouring was placed on the river bank to provide further erosion protection.
  • The placement of clay material was completed at the Work Section 12 embankment (Victoria Park) and RJ McLeod started to place topsoil on the wet side of the embankment. The contractor also started some concrete work immediately adjacent to the new footbridge abutment.
  • Following the installation of the new footbridge at Work Section 13 (see below) the contactor started work on transferring the public utilities from the temporary bridge structure on to the new bridge. Initial work on the temporary approach ramps also started.
  • At Work Section 14 – Riverside Road Wall South, the construction of the wall was substantially completed with a final two concrete pours due to take place in October.
  • RJ McLeod completed placing topsoil at Work Section 15 – Riverside Road Central Embankment. This included installing turf reinforcement matting. Hydro-seeding was also undertaken.
  • At Work Section 16 – Riverside Road North Wall, the contractor undertook initial snagging repairs to the wall’s cope. Work on the new footpath also continued and new footsteps were constructed at the point where the footpath ramps over the new wall.
  • RJ McLeod also continued work on the flood protection wall at Work Sections 17a & 17b, with cope repairs being undertaken at 17a and concrete pours continuing at 17b. Work Section 17c will commence at the conclusion of 17a and 17b.
  • Erosion protection works were completed at Work Section 18 (behind the Community Recycling Centre). Also in this area, initial excavations for the flood protection wall were undertaken and work started on setting up a satellite compound area for the bentonite slurry batching plant.
  • At Work Section 19 (behind the former Co-op NGT building), the site boundary was set up and the contractor commenced work on a temporary diversion of the Shaw Burn. A flood protection wall will be built along the back of the building and will tie into the high ground at the A7.
  • Work on the Long Philip Burn spillway and Corby Linn Road drainage channel (Work Section 26) was substantially completed.
  • Works within the garden grounds of Ravensheugh House continued to progress well with work on the new bridge and set back embankments now nearing completion.
  • At Work Section 28 – Long Philip Burn Restoration (West), work on the newly realigned burn channel continued.
  • RJ McLeod continued work on the embankments at Angles Field (Work Sections 29 & 30) with the embankments nearing completion and top-soiling now underway. Landscaping works also started.
  • Activity at Work Section 31 (A707 Bridge Replacement) continued. The base of the new culvert, along with the north and south walls and the roof slab (which will support the new carriageway) were completed and work on the south east retaining wall got underway. Work on the retaining wall necessitated the closure of the car park.
  • Operations at the Borrow Pit in Midlem continued with approximately 88000 tonnes of material having now been brought to site for use in the embankment.
  • Work at the Angles Field Material Processing Area continued.
  • A factory test of the new control equipment for the St Mary’s Loch outlet was undertaken.
  • All works in the water environment (i.e. in the Ettrick Water) were completed by 30th September. This included activity at Work Sections 7, 9, 12, 13 and 18. Work in the river is limited to June, July, August and September to ensure there is no impact on migratory salmon during the autumn and spring periods.

  • The new Bridge Street footbridge was successfully installed at the beginning of September with the final section of the bridge being lifted into place on Friday 4th September.

                                

    The first two sections of the new footbridge were installed on the morning of Thursday 3rd September.

                                            

    The images below shows the first two bridge sections being delivered to Selkirk on Wednesday 2nd September.

                                

August 2015

  • The Project Team held a Community Meeting for the Bannerfield area. This meeting, which was very well attended, gave the Project Team the opportunity to provide a full update on both the works currently underway and the work planned for the next 16 months or so.

    A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here
  • The Project Team confirmed that Work Section 13 - Bridge Street footbridge - remained on programme and plans were being made for the installation of the new deck superstructure on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September.This was a significant piece of work and the Project Team advised that there would be some impact on the local road network as the structure was transported to site. The Project Team also recognised that some members of the community may like to watch parts of this operation - as such it was hoped that it would be possible to set up a public viewing area on the north side of the river.
     
  • At Work Section 3 – Mill Lade South Embankment, RJ McLeod continued work on the construction of the new footpath and farm access ramp.
  • At Work Section 4 – Mill Lade Central Embankment, work on the new footpath was completed and the contractor continued work on the embankment with the laying of topsoil.
  • The new footpath was also substantially completed at Work Section 5 – Mill Lade North Wall.
  • RJ McLeod progressed with the construction of the new flood protection wall at Work Section 6 (Ettrickhaugh Road). Eight sections of the lower part of the new wall were cast.
  • The contractor commenced erosion protection work at Work Section 7 – Ettrick & Yarrow Flood Protection Scheme (1979) Bank Strengthening. This section of river bank will be protected using rock armour (boulders) in the same way as is being done at Victoria Park and on the northern bank at Bridge Street footbridge.
  • At Work Section 9 – Bannerfield Central Wall, and Work Section 10 – Bannerfield North Wall, sections of the new flood protection walls which were immediately adjacent to the new footbridge’s north abutment were constructed.
  • The contractor completed erosion protection works at Work Section 12 (Victoria Park) and undertook preparatory works for the construction of the new embankment.
  • RJ McLeod completed construction of the piers and abutments for the new Bridge Street footbridge (Work Section 13). Work then progressed with the construction of the temporary crane pads and erection of the scaffolding units in preparation for the installation of the new footbridge at the beginning of September – see above.
  • Work on the Riverside Road South Wall (Work Section 14) continued to progress and the wall itself is now nearing completion.
  • Work Section 15 – Riverside Road Central Embankment is also substantially complete and preparatory work for laying of topsoil was undertaken.
  • The reinforced concrete wall at Work Section 16 (Riverside Road North Wall) was completed. RJ McLeod started work on retaining walls and ramps: the footpath in this area will ramp up and over the flood protection wall to ensure connectivity from St Mary’s Mill footbridge to the Riverside businesses in this area.
  • Work on the flood protection wall at Level Crossing Road (Work Section 17) continued to progress. This work is being undertaken sequentially in three phases to ensure that access is always maintained for the businesses on Level Crossing Road.
  • RJ McLeod undertook preparatory work at Work Section 18 – Community Recycling Centre Wall with initial site clearance undertaken and the site boundary set up. Access down to the river bank was also formed to allow erosion protection works to be undertaken: this will be achieved using rock armour.
  • At Corby Linn Road work on the new spillway and drainage channel (Work Section 26) started. This required traffic management on a section of the road.
  • Work within the garden grounds of Ravensheugh House also got underway – this work will see new set back embankments being constructed and a number of pieces of associated work being undertaken with in the burn channel and on the various bridges.
  • At Work Section 28 – Long Philip Burn Restoration (West), the new realigned channel for the Long Philip Burn was formed. This is the section of the burn running (roughly) parallel to Corby Linn Road.
  • Work in the southern third of the triangular field at the A708 commenced with work on the new embankments getting underway (Work Sections 29 and 30).
  • Work on the A707 Bridge Replacement (Work Section 31) continued to progress well with a concrete culvert being installed and the new base, north and south walls for the bridge being constructed. Work on installing the reinforcement bars for the new deck / road also commenced.
  • At St Mary’s Loch, Work Section 37 – Modifications to Spill-way and Fish-way, some work to weirs number 1 and 5 remain outstanding. A factory test for the new control equipment for the outlet gates is planned for early September.
  • Operations at the Midlem Borrow Pit continued – approx. 83000 tonnes of material have now been transported to site.
  • Work in the Angles Field Material Processing Area continued.
  • The Project Team attended Selkirk Community Council and provided a general update.
  • The Project Team progressed plans for a potential upgrade to Level Crossing Road and Riverside Road – it is hoped that this can be achieved during the reinstatement of these roads following the construction of the flood protection walls and embankments along the riverside corridor. The Project Team met with various businesses and residents to discuss these plans.

July 2015

  • Work continued on the detailed design for Work Section 1A – A708 Wall. The Project Team commenced preparing a programme for this work and planning for construction.
  • The contractor started work on the remaining 50 metres stretch of Work Section 2 – Old Mill Farm Embankment. This part of Work Section 2, which adjoins the A708, had been postponed pending the outcome of the review of Work Section 1. With confirmation from the Project Board that Work Section 1A can proceed it was possible to begin this part of Work Section 2 subject to a slight realignment of the embankment to take account of the newly designed A708 Flood Defence Wall.
  • At Work Section 3 the contractor installed a precast retaining wall around the wood store and completed the construction of the embankment. Work then started on the construction of the new footpath and farm access track.
  • Construction of the clay embankment was also completed at Work Section 4, behind the former fish farm, and work started on the installation of the new footpath. Similarly, at Work Section 5, the contractor continued with the construction of the footpath.
  • At Work Section 6 – Ettrickhaugh Road Wall – the contractor backfilled behind the sheet piles (i.e. between the piles and the gardens) using concrete and a coarse gravel material. Work then commenced on the construction of the reinforced concrete wall.
  • At Work Section 9 the contractor completed work on the installation of erosion protection measures immediately upstream of Bridge Street footbridge on the northern bank of the Ettrick Water. The contractor also removed the temporary dam and allowed flow to return to the northern channel.
  • At Victoria Park (Work Section 12) work was completed on the seepage protection cut-off wall which will run beneath the embankment. Work also started on the erosion protection at the western end of the park on the southern bank of the Ettrick Water.
  • Work continued on the construction of the new piers and abutments for the new Bridge Street footbridge (Work Section 13). The contractor also undertook remedial work on the two old piers (which will not be used for the new structure) – following consultation with the relevant stakeholders the decision was taken not to completely remove these old piers as this would have a direct impact on the flow conditions in the river and a potential ecological impact.
  • Construction of the flood defence wall at Work Section 14 – Riverside Road South Wall – continued and is now approximately 75% complete.
  • At Work Section 15 – Riverside Road Central Embankment – the contractor installed all the groundwater drainage outfalls and continued with the construction of the embankment.
  • The contractor completed the construction of the reinforced concrete wall at Work Section 16 – Riverside Road North Wall – and started work on the new footpath in this area.
  • Work Section 17a (Level Crossing Road) progressed with the construction of the reinforced concrete wall. At Work Section 17b installation of the seepage cut-off wall continued and the contractor dug to foundation level for the reinforced concrete wall.
  • At the triangular field (off the A707 & A708) work commenced on Work Sections 28, 29 and 10 – the Angles Field Embankments and the realignment of the Long Philip Burn. This significant element of the Scheme will see the Long Philip Burn diverted from its current artificially straightened channel into a new meandering channel running between two embankments in the southern portion of the triangular field. This will then form part of a new area of park land running all the way from Bridge Street footbridge. During July, this section of the field was stripped and the contractor excavated both embankments to foundation level.
  • In the northern portion of the triangular field, material processing and storage work continued.
  • With the completion of modifications to the A708 / Corby Linn Road junction, Work Section 31 – A707 Bridge Replacement – got underway. This work, by its very nature, necessitates the closure of the A707 at this location and the installation of temporary traffic lights at both this junction and the A707 / Corby Linn Road junction. During July, the old A707 road bridge was demolished and the pedestrian bridge removed to storage, the burn was diverted into a temporary pipe and work started on the construction of the new bridge. This work will continue until the end of 2015.
  • At St Mary’s Loch work continued on Work Section 37 – Modifications to Spillway & Fish Pass. Work on the fish pass was substantially completed and reinstatement / landscaping work behind the newly raised spillway wall continued.
  • Phase 1 of the Bentonite Slurry (seepage cut-off wall) operations was completed. The sub-contractors demobilised from the site but will return later in the year for Phase 2 of this work.
  • As in previous months, the Project Team attended Selkirk Community Council and provided a high-level update.
  • The contractor appointed a new Public Liaison Manager – Sylvia Taylor – who is available at the Main Sit Compound for any questions or concerns about the main construction work.
  • A list of Ettrick Water river-users was established – periodic updates will be sent to this group to advise of any work in the river channel and any potential impacts. If you think you, or your organisation, would benefit from these updates and are not already receiving these please let us know via the feedback page.
  • Work continued on the Landscaping plans: proposed plans for the Philiphaugh area were finalised and will be available shortly on this website and in the Public Information Room for review and comment. With respect to the other areas, consultation with the appropriate stakeholders is continuing.

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