Broughty Ferry flood protection scheme

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HOMES AND businesses in Broughty Ferry will have greater protection from future flooding if a new £15.5m scheme gets the go-ahead next week.

Councillors will be asked to approve the appointment of Wates Construction Limited to deliver the fourth phase of the Broughty Ferry Flood Protection Scheme.

Mark Flynn depute convener of the council’s city development committee said: “It is crucial that we not only ensure effectiveness and value for money when delivering flood protection for our coastal communities but also that any scheme is attractive and in keeping with the buildings and streetscape around it.

“We recognise that flood protection works can be an emotive subject, so a considerable amount of preparation work has gone into finding the best solutions to make sure people and properties are protected, with the minimum loss of amenity.”

Preparatory work has included ground conditions and ground water levels investigations to help inform the design and construction of the final scheme and consultations with residents and businesses at each stage of the process.

The scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to residential, open space, community and businesses within Broughty Ferry through works along Douglas Terrace, James Place, Fisher Street and Beach Crescent.

Selecting a contractor through the Scape Framework procurement route offered the council a number of advantages including competitive tender prices, using a contractor’s expertise from an early stage and maximising the local supply chain’s opportunity to be involved with local authority projects.

Using the framework, the specification and design of the Broughty Ferry Flood Protection Scheme was produced by McLaughlin and Harvey design consultants, who are Wates Construction Ltd’s sub-contractors in Scotland, and the council’s in-house structural and civil engineering teams. The tender price was built up using open book tendering for all work packages, with contractually fixed management fees, overheads and profit for the lead contractor.

A number of community benefits are built into the contract including commitments to use local suppliers and offer job opportunities to local people.

If the city development committee meeting on Monday (December 9) approves the tender work is expected to start early next year and take two years to complete.

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