Design consulting firm Mott MacDonald has been hired by the Aberdeenshire Council to design the flood protection for the city of Stonehaven. The consulting firm will executed several investigations and surveys, as well as use 2D hydraulic and building information modelling for the £15 million scheme, which is expected to be completed in 2018.
The city of Stonehaven, in the Aberdeenshire region, has regularly suffered from flooding, with the most recent event occurring in December 2012. Recently, the city carried out a study into the likelihood of future floods, which stressed the possibility of an increased amount of floods in the future as a result of climate change, with 33% more flooding expected by 2080.
Flood protection scheme
To help protect its citizens and businesses from flooding from the River Carron, the Aberdeenshire Council announced the plan to build a flood protection in the city of Stonehaven.
Mott MacDonald has been hired to design the £15 million flood protection scheme, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The consulting firm will use 2D hydraulic modelling to design the flood walls and embankments to help it verify flood levels, as well as building information modelling (BIM). In addition, the firm will undertake ground investigations and environmental surveys.
Commenting on the project, Stephen Knight, Project Director at Mott MacDonald, says: “We have been improving the efficiency of the initial concept design by reducing piling requirements, overall material volumes and simplifying construction requirements. Working with statutory bodies, we are aiming to minimise the impact on the watercourse during construction by maintaining part of the existing river channel where possible.”
Scottish flood protection
Mott MacDonald is the second consulting firm that has been hired to design flood protection for a Scottish region in a short period of time. In April of this year, the flood scheme in the town of Forres was opened, which was designed by Royal HaskoningDHV.