The White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme (FPS), which was built by main contractors VolkerStevin and Carillion, won the national Environmental Award at the British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards.
BCI Awards The BCI Awards are the UK's top accolade for overall excellence in building and civil engineering projects. They attract around 200 entries each year representing the best building and civil engineering projects throughout the UK, ranging in size from very small to major.
VolkerStevin's €31,5m contract for the Glasgow scheme was completed in October 2011. It involved constructing 5km of sheet piled, in-situ and pre-cast concrete clad flood defence walls at 26 separate sites both through residential and business areas.The integrated project team consisting of VolkerStevin and Glasgow City Council, also constructed six pumping stations, two raised footbridges and made streetscape improvements.
Environment The very nature of the project; constructing at so many sites and within close proximity to residents and businesses as well as working in the river, meant that environmental issues and community engagement were top priority for the team. As part of the design of the ambitious engineering project there have been major enhancements made for Glasgow's biodiversity and wildlife habitats with the creation of new woodland, scrub, species-rich wet grasslands, shallow scrapes and ponds and other artificial habitats.
Damages White Cart Water FPS which was officially opened in October last year, has reduced the risk of flood damages of over €115 million by protecting approximately 1,750 homes and businesses along the river.
Floods Since 1908 there have been more than 20 significant floods caused by relatively minor storms in this area of Glasgow. Within weeks of the project going live, the White Cart Flood Prevention Scheme significantly reduced two flood events (one in November 2011 and the other in February 2012), saving £14 million in flood damages and spared over 230 homes and businesses from the misery of flooding.