More than a kilometre of new measures to protect a Dundee community from flooding have been completed on time and in budget.
Just short of 12 months after starting on site at Douglas Terrace, Broughty Ferry contractors McLaughlin and Harvey have finished the first of nine areas of street works.
Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, who was at the site to see progress for himself said: “Flood protection for our coastal communities is crucial, but the high quality of the work here is also completely in keeping with the buildings and streetscape around it.
“The thought and consultation that has gone into the design and execution of the scheme so far, and the incorporation of active travel works makes this not only a valuable practical asset but an attractive addition as well.”
Since work started on June 1 last year 800m of rotary bored pile and 180m of sheet piling has been put in along with the construction of 800m of the sea defence wall and 400m of natural stone set back wall.
The whole scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to residential, open space, community and businesses in Broughty Ferry through works along Douglas Terrace, James Place, Fisher Street and Beach Crescent.
Improvements to the pedestrian and cycling infrastructure between Broughty Ferry Castle and the west end of Douglas Terrace were incorporated into the recently opened section of works.
McLaughlin and Harvey design consultants, who are Wates Construction Ltd’s sub-contractors in Scotland, produced the specification and design of the Broughty Ferry Flood Protection Scheme along with the council’s in-house structural and civil engineering teams.
A number of community benefits are built into the contract including commitments to use local suppliers and offer job opportunities to local people.
The whole scheme is expected to be completed by spring 2022.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.