RJ McLeod confirmed as successful tenderer for Selkirk Flood Scheme construction

Published: Monday, 8th December 2014

Flood Scheme names RJ McLeod as successful tenderer for main contract works.

The Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme has announced that RJ McLeod has been confirmed as the successful tenderer for the main construction works contract at the end of a major procurement exercise.


  • In June, six companies were invited to tender after the completion of a pre-qualification exercise that saw 16 companies register their interest in delivering the project
  • The tender returns were received on 6 November, and the tender evaluation was completed this month when the successful tenderer was selected
  • The Scheme is programmed to formally award the contract before Christmas, subject to the mandatory standstill period
  • The main construction works contract is then programmed to commence in January 2015 and to be completed by the end of December 2016.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“The announcement that RJ McLeod has been selected as the successful tenderer is another big step forward for the Flood Protection Scheme and the town of Selkirk. 

“This is one of the biggest contracts that SBC has ever taken forward, and it is pleasing to be able to report that the delivery of this £31.4million project remains on programme and within budget.

“On behalf of the Council, I look forward to the commencement of the site works in 2015.”

Project Manager for the Scheme, Conor Price

“For the past six months, the project team has been undertaking an exercise to procure a contractor to construct the Scheme’s new flood defences. This process is now nearing completion.

“The selection of the successful tenderer and, ultimately, confirmation of the Scheme’s construction contractor, is the completion of many years of preparatory design and latterly procurement work.

“The next step will be to formally award the contract, and thereafter the project team will refocus on the delivery of the construction works over the coming 24 months.

“Once the contract has been awarded, the successful contractor will formally confirm the construction programme which will identify when, and for how long, the works will take in each particular area. Once this is available the project team will systematically distribute this information to all stakeholders, land owners, and river users relevant to each section of work.”

Benefits of Scheme

The £31.4million Flood Protection Scheme will remove almost 600 properties in Selkirk from the flood risk register.

In August 2012, the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme became the first major flood protection scheme with an environmental statement to be approved under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.