Preparations are now underway to recommence work on the £88million Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, in line with the Scottish Government’s construction industry guidelines, in which it was announced that from Monday 22 June, the construction industry can move into phase three of the six phase road map.

Scottish Borders Council is currently reviewing the full implications of the Scottish Government’s announcement on when works can commence again on individual capital projects.

Preparations during lockdown
Work immediately stopped on the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme on 23 March following the government announcement of a lockdown.
During this period, Scottish Borders Council announced the appointment of McLaughlin & Harvey as the Main Works Contractor. The firm is now preparing to set up site compounds ahead of the start of works to deliver the new flood protection defences for Hawick.

Other preparations have included the development of new safe systems of work to take account of the new social distancing requirements for all works related to the scheme.

The Advanced Works Contractor, SB Contracts, is also making final preparations to return to complete the public utility diversions and site preparation works that they were undertaking prior to lockdown. This work is now programmed to be completed by early 2021.

Commercial Road closure
One of the key first tasks for the Advanced Works Contract is the closure of Commercial Road on the evening of Monday 29 June for approximately six months.

The closure has been thoroughly discussed with local businesses and traffic diversions agreed with Transport Scotland, SBC and the Flood Protection Scheme’s Traffic Management Working Group.

The closure will mean Commercial Road is shut from the North Bridge roundabout to the Sainsburys entrance but throughout the works vehicle and pedestrian access to the shops, properties and businesses situated along Commercial Road will remain open at all times via diversions. All diversions will be clearly marked by static and variable message signage.