Rothes

This scheme tackles flooding for the town of Rothes, situated close to the banks of the River Spey. Severe flood damage suffered in 2002 highlighted the need for the scheme.

The steep upstream catchment gradients of the 3 burns flowing through Rothes meant that the best engineering solution was a conveyance scheme. The 180 properties fronting watercourses, including 3 distilleries, increased the complexity of the design solution as there was limited room for the construction works. Additionally as the River Spey and its tributaries are Special Areas of Conservation the environmental impact of the scheme was a critical consideration.

The opportunity was taken to enhance amenity and recreational aspects. Landscaping the area around one of the new bridges provided seating areas and public facilities. A large flood attenuation pond created a habitat and focal point in an undeveloped area.

The 1st April 2006 saw the implementation of the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations (CAR). Due to the complex nature of the scheme and the infancy of CAR the team was able to influence how SEPA implemented the legislation and the scheme became an exemplar both internally and with the SEPA local office for licence applications.

Construction started in June 2008 and was completed in December 2010. The team received a commendation in both the project and environmental categories in the Saltire Society’s Awards for Civil Engineering 2012. ‘The cooperation, goodwill and ingenuity demonstrated by the MFA team coupled with the response elicited from the community, achieved a highly successful outcome’ - Saltire Society judging panel.