Moray Flood Alleviation Scheme

Royal HaskoningDHV was appointed as consultants to provide a broad range of services including project management across one of the most successful flood alleviation programmes in the country. Delivered under budget and already providing significant return on investment for Moray Council, the £180million programme has taken over 15 years to complete and has protected thousands of homes and businesses in four towns across the Moray region of Scotland – Lhanbryde, Rothes, Forres and Elgin.

The mission of Moray Flood Alleviation was to alleviate the misery of flooding for communities in Moray. Created as a response to the devastating floods that affected thousands of properties and caused millions of pounds worth of damage during the 1990s and early 2000s, the programme covers five flood alleviation schemes in four towns, and saw investment from both the Moray Council and the Scottish Government.

Royal HaskoningDHV was commissioned in 2000 and has been involved throughout as part of an integrated team working with client and sponsor Moray Council, contractor Morrison Construction and cost consultant Arcadis (formerly EC Harris).

The programme as a whole involved designs to make room for the river – including the construction of set-back defences, demolition and rebuilding of bridges to open up water courses, construction of dams to create flood water storage reservoirs, construction of a pumping station, major works to trunk roads and relocation of businesses and homes.