The Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme, Scotland’s largest ever flood scheme, was part of the Moray framework to alleviate flooding in one Scotland’s oldest towns after it suffered up to £80 million worth of damage following severe flooding in 1997.
Completed in 2015, the scheme protects approximately 750 residential and 250 business properties. It involved 9km of embankments along the River Lossie, a 1.5km diversion from the Tyock Burn tributary, a conveyance corridor through the town and opening up the existing flood plain downstream.
Three bridges were replaced along the river, which included the installation of the innovative double-arch Landshut Bridge and up to 40 businesses were relocated to make space for the flood corridor.
Tamzen Pope, Project Manager of the Elgin FAS, said “The social value of the scheme has already been proven – the tail end of Hurricane Bertha wrought havoc throughout Moray in August 2014. Even though the Elgin FAS was only partially complete, around £30 million of damages affecting 300 homes and 50 businesses were avoided in Elgin alone.”
Beyond flood relief it has helped to transform the physical and social environment thanks to a new 6km cycleway connecting Elgin to Lhanbryde, new footpaths, football pitches, and other recreational facilities. The project has also incorporated the renewal of other public assets such as road and footbridges.
The Elgin FAS is one of five schemes in Moray, which collectively have protected communities in Moray since 2005.
Projects shortlisted for the awards are assessed on their technical achievement and their contribution to sustainable improvements to the local environment.The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Edinburgh on Tuesday 25 October 2016.