VolkerStevin has received two highly commended awards for the White Cart Water Flood Prevention Project. The honours were given at the CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement Awards. The project was carried out in conjunction with Carillion, Halcrow and Glasgow City Council. The awards were given in the categories of ‘Relations with the Local Community and other Stakeholders', and ‘Ecology and Biodiversity'.
The White Cart Water Project has significantly reduced the risk of flooding to businesses and over 1,750 properties in the south of Glasgow, avoiding potential flood damages in excess of €80 million. The scheme includes three rural flood storage areas and thirty eight urban flood defences.
Relations with the local community and other stakeholders were of high importance throughout the length of the project. Through one-to-one discussions and extensive public liaison, the views and opinions of affected parties were gathered by the project team and taken into account during the design process. Where possible the design of the project was amended to suit the community's wishes. The community was also actively involved in the alignment of the flood defence wall to minimise impacts on property boundaries and access to the river. This involvement continued during the construction phase, where design changes requested by the community were still considered and implemented.