Mott MacDonald has announced that it is working on a £15M flood protection scheme for Aberdeenshire Council that will protect the town of Stonehaven from a one in 200 year flood.
Mott MacDonald is designing flood walls and embankments to protect the town from the River Carron using 2D hydraulic modelling which helps to verify flood levels.
According to Mott MacDonald, Stonehaven has a long history of flood events with the most recent recorded in December 2012. According to a stamen from the company, the flood risk to the town is likely to intensify as climate change impacts on weather patterns and increases the amount of rainfall that runs off the land into the river.
As part of the work the consultant is also undertaking ground investigations and environmental surveys and building information modelling is being used to allow a collaborative approach for all parties involved on the project.
“We already started on improving the efficiency of the initial concept design by reducing piling requirements, overall material volumes and simplifying construction requirements,” said Mott MacDonald project director Stephen Knight. “Working with statutory bodies, we are aiming to minimise the impact on the watercourse during construction by maintaining part of the existing river channel where possible.”