Work to begin on second phase of Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme

New work is set to begin on the multi-million pound Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme (WoLFPS) following the signing of a contract by the City of Edinburgh Council.

McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd has been appointed to design and construct the second phase of the scheme, which will see around 1.2km of flood defences built along the Water of Leith at Murrayfield and Roseburn.

Once completed, the defences will provide protection for local homes and businesses against flooding.

Construction works are now set to begin in January 2016 and are scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “I am pleased that we are about to begin the second phase of the project, which will provide protection for hundreds of properties at risk of flooding.

“We are working closely with the community and stake holders, and I’m confident McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd will deliver the second phase efficiently.”

Work will include the construction of new walls and embankments alongside flood gates along the waterway, while two new bridges will be built over the river at Baird Drive and Saughtonhall Avenue. As part of the development, contractors will carry out landscaping to improve the appearance of the surrounding area.

A site office will now be established with construction work to commence in January. 

The Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme (WoLFPS) is a key infrastructure project to help protect hundreds of properties in vulnerable areas of the city from future flooding. 

Following the completion of the first phase, which included defences at Veitches Square, Stockbridge Colonies, Warriston, St Mark's Park and Bonnington, funding was approved for the second phase in September 2014.

A Public Information Day will also be held at Roseburn Primary School from 4pm to 8pm on 13 January, where local residents can meet contractors and Council officers to find out more about designs and plans.

Find out more about the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme on the Council website.

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