Published: Monday, 17th April 2017
Good progress continues to be made towards constructing a flood protection scheme for Hawick.
The scheme is currently in its outline design phase, which aims to prove that a flood protection scheme is feasible and can be delivered within the town.
Detailed design phase
If the scheme is successful through the statutory process this year, then we can move the project to detailed design stage, where the precise detail of every aspect of the project will be defined to allow contractors to price the works in 2018/19.
This will allow us to look in detail at all the traffic management proposals along the 5.6 kilometre length of the scheme over the two year construction period to ensure that access to private residences and business is maintained at all times, while protecting the safe passage of pedestrians.
- In relation to Commercial Road, the scheme will require traffic management on sections of the route to allow the current riverside walls – which range from three to six metres high – to be replaced.
- Ground investigations carried out earlier this year at Commercial Road have provided vital information which will also better accommodate the needs of businesses in this area. The contractor who carries out the work will always be contractually obligated to minimise disruption to the public.
- It is expected that further engagement with the community will be undertaken in 2018 to discuss the development of the project, with traffic management proposals being one of the topics that SBC will seek feedback on from the public ahead of the works.
Ewan Doyle, Project Management Team Leader
“The community’s input to the scheme’s development in the last two years has been fundamental to the successful delivery of the project to date, allowing the project to stay on schedule, which is critical to obtaining the funding commitment of 80 per cent from the Scottish Government in 2018/19 for the main works.
“Engagement with the community will continue throughout the project to ensure that that the scheme’s objectives are met as well as the numerous potential benefits to the Hawick community from the scheme.”
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Councillors will be asked to give final approval for the scheme, which is expected to take place in September 2017.
Approval will decide the scheme’s programme and if the project will be successfully funded by the Scottish Government.
The estimated overall costs of the scheme continue to be refined as the detailed design develops. The completion of the project is currently scheduled for March 2022.