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 and 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.
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 station
· 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.