The flood scheme in the town of Forres, Scotland, has opened, protecting homes and businesses from flooding from the River Findhorn and Mosset Burn. Consulting firm Royal HaskoningDHV has designed the £37 million flood protection scheme, on time and under budget.
The region of Moray has regularly suffered from flooding and to protect the residents and business owners in the area, the Scottish Government and Moray Council has decided to develop five flood protection schemes. At a cost of £180 million, the programme of flood alleviation works is het largest in Scotland.
The Forres scheme is one of the five protection works, protecting the town from inundation from the River Findhorn and Mosset Burn. The scheme will provide 904 homes and 76 businesses with a “one in 200-year level* of protection”.
Consulting firm Royal HaskoningDHV has designed the £37million Forres flood protection. The firm that worked closely with the contractors Morrison Construction and client Moray Council was able to deliver the scheme nearly £8million under budget and on schedule.
Barbara Hellett, Associate Director at Royal HaskoningDHV, comments: “It really is fantastic to see this open and we are confident it will make an enormous difference to the lives of the people living and working in the communities of Moray. A key factor in the success of this scheme and the whole flood alleviation project has been the close working relationship between Royal HaskoningDHV, the Moray Council and contractors Morrison Construction and with the local people themselves.”
* The one-in-200 level of protection refers to the likelihood of a major flood, which is a probability any one year of less than a half per cent of it happening.