The Moray Flood Alleviation team has been awarded a Commendation during the 2016 Saltire Civil Engineering Awards for the Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS). The integrated project team consisted of The Moray Council (the overseeing organisation), Royal HaskoningDHV (principal designer), Morrison Construction (principal contractor) and Arcadis (cost consultant). The awards, which recognise engineering excellence, innovation and achievements in Scotland, were held at the National Museum of Scotland on Tuesday 25 October, 2016.
Left to right - Allan Russell-Morrison Construction, Rachel Jones-Royal HaskoningDHV, Bob Bryce-Royal HaskoningDHV, Representative Institution of Civil Engineers, Frank Knight-The Moray Council, Councillor George Alexander-The Moray Council and Barbara Hellett-Royal HaskoningDHV.
The ceremony was attended by Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and Gordon Pomphrey, Panel Convener, Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland. The Commendation reads:
“The project demonstrates the benefits of a fully integrated project team working together under a target cost contract. In addition to their primary objective of alleviating flooding in Elgin, the team’s collaborative approach and attention to detail has enhanced the river corridor through the town and helped deliver a range of social, economic and environmental benefits to the local community and businesses. A well thought through project providing a modern and pleasant civil engineering solution which is environmentally and visually pleasing and well finished.”
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.
Beyond flood relief it has helped to transform the physical and social environment thanks to a new 6km cycle way, new footpaths, football pitches, and other recreational facilities. The project has also incorporated the renewal of other public assets such as roads and footbridges.
Tamzen Pope, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Project Manager for the Elgin FAS, said “The Elgin FAS has been transformative for the area, and the social value of the scheme was proven before it was even completed as 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.
“To win this award for a project that has already had such a tangible and significant impact on people’s lives makes it all the more special.”