Flood Scheme

News release from Scottish Borders Council: Wednesday 20 May 2020
Main works contractor appointment for Hawick Flood Protection
Scottish Borders Council has confirmed a significant step forward for the Hawick
Flood Protection Scheme with the appointment of its main works contractor.
McLaughlin & Harvey’s appointment follows a major procurement exercise.
The company, which has led on a number of flood projects throughout the UK,
will now construct the Hawick scheme.
Once completed, it will provide protection to over 900 properties from a ‘1 in 75
years’ flood event.
The procurement exercise was launched early last year and saw four detailed
tender bids put forward in November, which were then evaluated.
On 26 February this year Councillors voted unanimously to approve the
appointment of McLaughlin & Harvey.
Since then, detailed discussions have been ongoing regarding the start and
completion dates for the Scheme in light of the Coronavirus outbreak and its
impact on the construction sector.
An official opening for the Scheme will be announced in due course.
To date, £7.5million of advanced construction works have been completed in the
town since March 2018, preparing the way for the main works contractor to start
on the principal construction project.
These works have also involved site clearance and the preparation of the
Scheme’s traffic management plans including the construction of a new access
road to Aldi at Commercial Road.
Project costs
The Hawick Flood Protection Scheme now represents four significant projects in
 The construction of the Flood Protection Scheme;
 The creation of a new Active Travel Network of traffic-free footpath and
cycleways, stretching from Volunteer Park along the River Teviot to
Weensland and the community recycling centre;
 An upgrade to the A7 trunk road, at Commercial Road, to make it fit for
the levels of traffic it now carries;
 The installation of a new high capacity wastewater pumping station within
the town’s wastewater treatment works to further alleviate the risk of
sewage flooding during future flood events.

The total scheme costs will be £88m, including the main works contract, which
represents a major investment in the infrastructure of the town of Hawick.
Contributions to the overall scheme costs include:
 Scottish Government - £63m
 Scottish Borders Council - £15m
 SUSTRANS, the national walking and cycling charity, is contributing
around £9m towards the cost of the new Active Travel Network along the
River Teviot.
 Scottish Water - £665,000 towards cost of new wastewater pumping
 Transport Scotland - £500,000 towards upgrade of Commercial Road
It is estimated that if these four projects were to be carried out independently of
each other, the overall cost would be in the region of £101m. It means the
Scheme represents significant value for money in terms of the public purse.
The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change
and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “We are all aware of the
problems faced by communities at risk from flooding.
“The people of Hawick know this particularly well and the damage caused by
flooding earlier this year and in previous years will still be very clear in
everyone’s minds.
“The Hawick scheme is one of the largest to be developed in Scotland, and forms
a key part of the Scottish Government’s £420m, ten-year programme of support
to local authorities agreed in 2016 to significantly lessen the problems caused by
“The Scottish Government is therefore very pleased to support Scottish Borders
Council by contributing up to £63million from the 2016 fund towards the cost of
the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, and recognises the strong partnership
approach with Scottish Water and SUSTRANS involvement.
“Supporting major capital works such as this is tangible evidence of the
Government’s commitment to climate change adaptation and green recovery.”
Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council, said: “Scottish
Borders Council is proud to be working with the Scottish Government and other
key partners to take forward one of the most comprehensive flood protection
schemes ever to be seen in Scotland.
“As highlighted by the flooding experienced during Storm Dennis earlier this
year, the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme is hugely important for the town and
the Borders.
“The Council has a track record of providing flood protection schemes, including
Selkirk’s which has already prevented millions of pounds worth of damage since
it was completed in 2017.”

McLaughlin & Harvey’s Director of Civil Engineering, Seamus Devlin, added: “We
are delighted and honoured to have been chosen to carry out the works on this
major flood protection scheme.
“McLaughlin & Harvey is committed to excellence in everything we do and fully
understand how important this project is to the people of Hawick and, indeed, to
other flood protection schemes in the pipeline around the country.
“We look forward to working with the people of Hawick and the client team in
order to deliver a world class flood protection scheme.”
Notes to Editors
For more details on the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, visit the Scheme’s
Images are available at Scottish Borders Council’s Flickr page.
An artist’s impression video of the scheme is available on YouTube. This footage
can be sent directly via email on request.
The Scheme will also deliver multiple benefits to Hawick, maximising the
cultural, heritage, educational, environmental, energy and health opportunities
in partnership with the community and external organisations.
McLaughlin & Harvey were appointed to construct Langlee Primary School in
Galashiels, completed in 2017, and Broomlands Primary School in Kelso,
completed in 2018.
For more details on McLaughlin & Harvey, visit
For more details about SUSTRANS, visit
For more information, contact the Scottish Borders Council Communications and
Marketing team on 01835 826632 or