Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Receives funding boost from Scottish Government.

We have been given the final go-ahead to complete its £31.4 million Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

A funding bid to the Scottish Government was approved on Thursday 28 March 2014, and with Councillors approving the start of the procurement and construction phases on Thursday 27 February, it means that this major engineering project is fully funded, approved, designed and ready to commence the delivery stages.

Scheme benefits

  • Will remove 595 properties in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas from the national flood risk register.
  • Protect against the effects of flooding from the Ettrick and Yarrow waters and the Long Philip and Shaw burns.
  • The construction procurement and construction works stages will run in parallel, with the main works expected to begin in November 2014 and be completed by December 2016.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“This is fantastic news for Selkirk. A lot of hard work gone into reaching this stage, and I know the Council appreciates the feedback from stakeholders and the people of Selkirk throughout the process.

“This project will effectively remove the risk of flooding for the Riverside area, where the majority of businesses in Selkirk are based, and make it easier for these companies to achieve flood insurance.

“Hopefully that can lead to the regeneration of the area and encourage the creation of jobs.”

Project Manager for the scheme, Conor Price

“This is a huge milestone for the project.  The design that was started in October 2009 is now complete and the project team are changing their focus to project delivery and construction. “

“Over the coming months there will be a steady increase in works activity in Selkirk as we commence the public utility diversions, pre-construction archaeology survey and prepare for the Main Works Contract.  With this in mind we have just restructured the scheme website and created a new page that will provide regular updates through the construction period.

“The recent weather and terrible flooding experienced down south have served to remind us as to why this scheme is so important for Selkirk.  The project team and I are therefore delighted that we can now begin the construction phase of this project.”

For more information

  • Visit
  • View the report presented to Councillors on 27 February
  • 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.